Brain Storm by Elaine Viets is the first book in the NEW “Death Investigator Angela Richman” mystery series. Publisher: Thomas and Mercer, August 2016
When The Old Money Façade Fails, The Lies Comes to Light.
The ultrawealthy families of Chouteau Forest may look down on a woman like death investigator Angela Richman, but they also rely on her. When a horrific car crash kills a Forest teenager, Angela is among the first on the scene. Her investigation is hardly underway, however, when she suffers a series of crippling strokes. Misdiagnosed by the resident neurologist, Dr. Gravois, and mended by gauche yet brilliant neurosurgeon Dr. Jeb Travis Tritt, Angela faces a harrowing recovery.
It’s a drug-addled, hallucinating Angela who learns that Dr. Gravois has been murdered. . .and the chief suspect is the surgeon who saved her life. Angela doesn’t believe it, but can she trust her instincts? Her brain trauma brings doubts that she’ll ever recover her investigative skills. But she’s determined to save Dr. Tritt from a death-row sentence—even if her progress is thwarted at every turn by a powerful and insular community poised to protect its own.
All I can say is “wow!” This book immediately grabbed my attention with that first sentence and from that moment, I could not put this book down until the last page was read. The raw emotions contained in this narrative kept me riveted to what was going on as this multi-plot scenario captured Angela’s recovery and the investigation into the “favored” doctor’s murder. Superbly written, this fast-paced drama had me quickly turning the pages as I had to know how this will all play out. The author did a great job setting up this mystery with plenty of suspects and when I thought I had nailed the killer, the author changed direction with some intriguing twists that enhanced the telling of this tale, a twist I did not see coming. Elaine draws on her own experience as a stroke survivor and the depth in which she illustrates the recovery is testimony to the engaging tale that will leave you with awe and triumph for both Angela and Elaine. This is a terrifically gripping read and I look forward to more stories with Angela and her death investigations.
FTC Full Disclosure – I received an Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) book from the author.