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Monday, April 29, 2013

Rage Against The Dying by Becky Masterman


Published by:  Penguin Canada
Published:  March 2013
Pages:  208
Paperback
My Rating:  5 Stars

Brigid Quinn is an ex FBI agent and has many memories she can’t forget. She also has skills learned while on the job that she is hoping she will not need to use in her new life. She is recently married to a wonderful man named Carlo and she seems to be settling down nicely when she is abruptly drawn back into an old cold case. This is where things take a turn and maybe not for the better. Brigid now questions whether or not her secrets will stay that way; as secrets or will they be brought to light.

This story is about the lies we sometimes tell in an effort to make our past seem not so bad so that we do not scare off anyone who we might be able to forge a new bright future with. In the case of Brigid Quinn she may not be able to keep her many lies straight and her secrets are on the verge of being found out.

No one is perfect and Brigid Quinn’s character is not so lovable at times. There were moments when I could not believe what she did in order for her new husband stay blinded to the truth of who she truly is and what type of danger Brigid may have gotten herself and her husband into. In an effort to try and close this old cold case another FBI agent goes missing and somehow Brigid is the only one who seems to be worried or who believes this other agent—Laura Coleman is in any danger.

The body count rises in this fast paced story. Brigid Quinn does do a great deal of lying throughout Rage Against The Dying but she tells herself that there is a good reason for doing so. Becky Masterman does a great job of bringing this character to life and making one feel for Brigid, while at the same time you want to shake her and force her to tell someone the truth.

Lies do have a way of complicating matters and this story does a great job of showing just how complicated life, or relationships, can get when one begins with a lie. Rage Against The Dying by Becky Masterman may have you asking yourself if there is ever a time when it is OK to lie. This is a great story and a wonderful read. This book kept me wanting to continue to the end despite what I may have thought about its main character. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to see just what damage can be done by lying.
So what do you think is there ever a time when it is OK to lie? Let me know what you think.

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