As I stated in my review of Fatal Intent, I do not read/review medical thrillers. But after reading these two books, I realize I will have to fix that. Like Fatal Intent, Misfire was an excellent read that kept me glued to the book.
There are trigger warnings in Misfire. There are scenes of gore at several points in the book. There is a scene where Kate does CPR on her aunt. There are scenes at the end of the book that broke me. If you want to know what, use the contact me page and ask what they were. Because of spoilers, I won’t include it in the review. I will mention it, but I won’t come right out and say what.
Misfire is a fast-paced book that takes place shortly after the events of Fatal Intent. Kate is still dealing with what Adam did, which included trying to kill her great-aunt Irma, Christian (her lawyer), and killing her husband (and his brother), Greg. Her great-aunt was dealt a more severe blow during that attack, suffering a heart attack and needing a pacemaker installed. Kate noticed that people with Kadence installed were suffering from an elevated rate of heart attacks and disruptions. But, when Irma suffers an attack after a routine visit with her cardiologist, Kate starts digging into the study. What she finds stuns her and also sets off a chain of events which outcomes she didn’t see coming. What happened? Why is Kadence misfiring? Who is behind it?
The characters in Misfire were as wonderfully detailed as they were in Fatal Intent. I liked that they still appeared realistic and made me get invested in their lives.
Kate—She was still that great person from Fatal Intent. I liked that she wanted to move forward (and was urged to by Aunt Irma) but was hesitant. She regrets being distant from her friends (like when she helped with Ronnie’s pregnancy). I believe she was so stuck on helping Nikki and Ian because of that. As with the last book, she didn’t want to get sucked into the drama with Kadence. She was moved to action when her aunt was harmed by it and when multiple people died in a horrific accident caused when a Kadence misfired when someone was driving. Her solid moral character demanded that she look into it and discover why it was happening. I don’t think she expected to find out what she found out.
The secondary characters did add extra depth to the book. I loved the extra attention paid to Aunt Irma and Christian in this book. Christian’s secondary storyline broke my heart, and the resolution had me sobbing on the couch. The only character I didn’t care for from the beginning was Nikki. There was something about her that rubbed me the wrong way.
Misfire fits perfectly into the medical thriller and mystery genre. The author had a little spark of romance in there too. The mystery angle of the book was terrific. A twist in the storyline at the end stunned me and made me sick.
The storyline with Aunt Irma, Kate, Christian, and the search for Nikki was well written. I loved how the author took me for a ride with this storyline. I learned more about pacemakers in this book than I would have known about, ever. But that is what made this storyline so good. It was realistic. Also, I couldn’t get over the twist at the end of this storyline. It was maddening, heartbreaking, and just evil.
The storyline with Nikki, Kate, the Kadence device, and Dr. Cantrell was interesting. Interesting because I could see people like Dr. Cantrell doing what he did in the book. Sure, he was not a nice guy who didn’t do the right thing. But, in the end, he did redeem himself a little bit, in his eyes. I wouldn’t say I liked how he treated Nikki and Kate, even with the credible evidence that Kate had about Kadence.
The end of Misfire was equally thrilling and sad. I did not see the twist coming (as I stated above), and it took me by surprise. The author was able to wrap up all the other storylines in a way that satisfied me as a reader. I also cannot wait to read more books in this series.
I would recommend Misfire to anyone over 21. There is graphic violence, mild language, and no sex.
Hi, I am Jolie. I am the host of the blog, Read with Me. I read almost everything and love sharing my thoughts on them. I have a small, but growing, reader base. I have made it a point to review indie authors from day one. Some of my favorite books have been written by indie authors
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