Numbers Don’t Lie

Shelley Kay Wall

Publisher: IUniverse Pages: 264 Price: (ebook) $3.99 ISBN: 9781462058914 Reviewed: February, 2012 Author Website: Visit »

For Trevor Adams, Sophie Henderson is just another job. As an undercover agent for the FBI, he has been working on a large embezzlement case, and his superiors think that Sophie might be behind the fraud. But as Trevor gets to know her, he begins to believe that she might just be an innocent bystander. To make things even more complicated, Trevor finds himself falling for Sophie. Determined to find the real embezzler, Trevor must work quickly if he is to clear Sophie’s name.

Numbers Don’t Lie is a solid work of romantic suspense, centering on Trevor and Sophie. Wall develops Sophie well; she is smart and resourceful, yet her past has left her vulnerable and alone. Readers will feel Sophie’s pain as she tries to cope with what is happening around her while struggling to come to terms with the more difficult aspects of her life. Trevor is murkier; though the reader is given tidbits of his history, he isn’t quite as fully fleshed out as Sophie.

Wall’s plot is engaging, taking readers on twists and turns from beginning to end. Though it isn’t difficult to guess the identity of the culprit from early on in the novel, the thoughts and reasoning behind it are surprising and creative. Additionally, the descriptions of the novel’s characters and setting allow the reader to easily picture the scenes in their mind (as in, “Once inside [the house], it opened up to a wide expanse with stone floors and large glass windows that allowed a view of a beautiful courtyard”). The writing is tight and on point, though the book could use an editor’s detailed eye for minor grammatical issues. Overall, Numbers Don’t Lie is an intriguing and fun read that fans of romantic suspense thrillers are bound to appreciate.

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Richmond, Texas
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