Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Sharp Shooter by Melanie Delacourt

Sharp Shooter by Melanie Delacourt, published September, $35

While this book’s heroine Tara Sharp appears to be paying homage to Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum, the action and setting soon engage and make for a great read in its own right.

Tara, an intelligent young woman who wishes to get a ‘proper’ job, but needs to find a way of dealing with her ability to see an aura in everyone she meets, lives in her parents’ converted garage. Although she has established this semi-independence, she still regularly raids their fridge when groceries and cash run low, which happens often.  Meanwhile her psychiatrist puts her in touch with a Mr Hara who begins to teach her how to control and best use her special talent. Soon after she lands a casual contract as a private investigator, and this leads to being asked to check a woman out with regards to her true feelings towards her boyfriend.  A simple job  that inevitably becomes more complicated as Tara finds herself getting close to the business of some dangerous people; big industry players who seem to have an axe to grind with the people she is working with. 

A light easy read, perfect to take on holiday.

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