Unpunished Book Review

Unpunished Book Review

Title: Unpunished
Author: Lisa Black
Published: January 31, 2017, Kensington
No. of Pages: 320
Cover Price: $25.00 Hardcover, $2.99 Kindle

In the second installment of the Gardiner and Renner series by Lisa Black, Unpunished, there is a bizarre murder at a newspaper publishing office where the victim is found hanging. Maggie Gardiner is the forensic expert called in to process the scene, along with Jack Renner, a homicide detective whom Maggie does not fully trust. Maggie knows Renner’s secret – he takes the law into his own hands when he finds that justice isn’t going to prosecute the guilty – but knows if she exposes Jack, she may be up for homicide charges from a previous incident. As the story continues, there are more murders at the Newspaper, and Maggie and Jack become involved with the reporters who are fearing for their jobs due to the fact that print journalism is on its deathbed. Both Jack and Maggie are tired of hearing the reporters on their soapbox over what they believe will be the loss of their jobs, but must still investigate to solve the murders.

Gardiner and Renner are a very unlikely and unique duo; Black has done a good job of characterizing them, and while the reader knows what Renner is capable of and has done in the past, most of the other characters do not. This makes for an extra bit of suspense in addition to the building suspense that goes along with the story. Readers will not be sure what Renner is up to, and will also be unsure if Maggie is in danger due to her knowledge of what Jack really is. Black’s supporting characters are well-developed and believable.

Black is a well-established, bestselling author, and her writing style is easy for most readers to get into. She knows how to build suspense while leaving readers unsure of what is going to happen. This is a good suspense series, doesn’t have profanity or sexual innuendo, but contains some graphic descriptions of the dead bodies. It’s recommended for older teens and adults.

Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this book.

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