Monday, November 9, 2015

ARC Review: A Blossom of Bright Light ( A Jimmy Vega Mystery - Book 2)

Title: A Blossom of Bright Light (A Jimmy Vega Mystery Book 2) by Suzanne Chazin
Publisher: Kensington Books
Format: e-galley received from the publisher through netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review
Pages: 368
Genre: Mystery

This title was published on October 27, 2015

Synopsis: A split-second decision thrusts Detective Jimmy Vega into the epicenter of a disturbing case when a body is found near a gathering place for immigrants in upscale Lake Holly, NY. The cold-bloodedness of the crime and the innocence of the victim torment Vega. But so, too, does the feeling that he's to blame. Or is he? Could the ravings of a delusional vagrant hold the key to the killing? And if so, why can't the police locate him?

In a community gripped by fear of deportation, Vega needs the help of his girlfriend, activist Adele Figueroa, to gain people's trust. But Adele is acting strangely, consumed by a secret that threatens to tear them apart. When the case takes a personal turn, both Vega and Adele discover that Lake Holly's tranquil façade hides a terror of monstrous proportions, poised and ready to strike again. To confront the killer and save their relationship, Vega and Adele must forge a new level of trust—in each other, and in their most deeply held beliefs—to expose an evil that threatens to eclipse anything they'd previously imagined.

(73)Review: This book really shines the light on the plight of undocumented workers and how they can be taken advantage of and also the uncertainty of what can happen to families if they are caught. While investigating the death of an infant Vega stumbles upon a many women being taken advantage of and the culture of silence that protects their perpetrators.

While touching on very important issues that aren't always brought to light, this book also has a great underlying mystery. The book deals with rape and murder but doesn't involve graphic violence. There are multiple twists and turns that keep you reading and overall this was just a really enjoyable book. There was great character development that helped move the story along and I look forward to reading more of this series.




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