“Best Laid Plans” by Allison Brennan was published by St. Martin’s Press 2015. This book is book 9 of the Lucy Kincaid/Sean Rogan series of Novels by Allison Brennan.
Book Synopsis (back cover details):
The synopsis below is a summary of the details on the back cover.
“Newly minted FBI agent is settling in her job when the husband of a sitting congresswoman is found dead in a motel on the wrong side of town.”
The description continues:
“…when a high-tech bug is found in the deceased’s office an entirely new threat emerges. A far reaching conspiracy run by a ruthless killed who will do anything to get what he wants. And the person between him and victory is the newly minted FBI agent.”
Rating Legend: 1-Didn’t like it 2-It was alright, 3-I liked it, 4-It was pretty good/well done, 5-It was excellent
Ratings (1-5 scale):
- Overall: 2.5
- Heroine Likability: 2.1
- Hero Likability: 2
- Read more than once: No.
This book was neither the best; nor the worst, book I have read. It isn’t one that I would read again either. It is the only book in the series that I have read. I wouldn’t seek out additional books in the series; nor would I spend much money on buying them. If I got one as a gift then I would, of course, read the book; eventually.
The story plot overall was good; a murder mystery that turns out to be part of a larger conspiracy that involves a lot of people. The heroines’ boyfriend gets a job consulting with the FBI to help out with the case; even though apparently he hates/doesn’t trust the FBI and law enforcement. The heroine apparently has a really bad and tragic back story that seems to mess her up and cause her to doubt herself a lot. The book references events from the previous book in the series. Those events impact some of the events and motivations of characters in this book. From what I could tell the main bad guy comes from the past book. Without having read that past book I found it a little confusing.
There also seemed to be two cases that two groups of characters were trying to solve at the same time. They tied into each other because of a connection to the bad guys. There were a lot of bad guys floating around. The other issue is that both the heroine and hero break so many rules; or outright do illegal things, and face no consequences that it gets old.
The other reasons that I gave the book a 2.5:
- Too many characters and subplots.
- It became distracting switching point of views as often as the book did. There were a few characters that didn’t get to have their point of view shared.
- The heroine is an expert in just about everything.
- Language; lots of cussing and swearing by the bad guys
- Issues with the flow of the story. For example, a quicker paced section all of a sudden grinds to a halt to debate “nurture v. nature”.
- The author does things that new authors are warned to never do. If a new author shouldn’t do them then an older author shouldn’t either.
Where they didn’t take away from the readability they did chip away at the book rating.
Updated on 4/6/2017 to reflect the rating on a 1-5 Scale.