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Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Review: Anything For You by Saul Black @stmartinspress #saulblack @netgalley

Anything For You 
by Saul Black

Thank you NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for this copy!


Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publish Date: November 5, 2019
Kindle Edition
352 Pages
Series: Valerie Hart #3

On a hot summer night, a watchful neighbor locks eyes with an intruder and unwittingly alerts the police to a vicious crime scene next door: a lavish master bedroom where a man lies dead. Next to him, his wife is bleeding out onto the hardwood floor, clinging to life.
The victim, Adam Grant, was a well-known San Francisco prosecutor—a man whose connection to Homicide detective Valerie Hart brings her face-to-face with a life she’s long since left behind. Adam’s career made him an easy target, and forensic evidence points towards an ex-con he put behind bars years ago. But while Adam’s wife and daughter grapple with their tragic loss, Valerie uncovers devastating clues that point in a more ominous direction. Lurking in the shadows of the Grants’ pristine life is a mysterious blonde who holds the key to a very different—and much darker—story.
As Valerie struggles to forge a new path for herself, the investigation forces her to confront the question: can we ever really leave our pasts behind?
Sophisticated and stunning, Anything for You is an unforgettable thriller that will grip readers long after turning the last page.
My Review:
I read the first book in this series, The Killing Lessons back in 2015 and really loved it - I wish I had written actual reviews then so I could remember exactly WHY but I do remember thinking Black was an author to watch.  I somehow missed out on book 2 of this series but here I am with book 3 - Anything For You.  It took a while but as I continued reading, I started remembering Valerie and why I loved her so much in book one.
To be honest, I almost DNF'd this one around the 37% mark... but I'm so glad that I didn't.  I have a feeling a lot of readers are going to take issue with this book - it's graphic, sexual and a bit much at times.  Personally, it didn't bother me in the slightest but I'm my own special breed of person.  I could've done without the repetitive reminder that OMG, Valerie ALMOST slept with the victim.  I get it - I don't need this repeated over and over again. Nor do I think readers need to see that Valerie is always thinking about sex.  HOWEVER, this is just who she is.  A human person, a cop who has been through the gauntlet herself, became a sex addict, still found love and is now dealing with yet another change in her life.  As a matter of fact, all the women in this book have issues and it gets a bit insane.

Once we get into the background of the Grants, the book starts to soar.  I was captivated and disturbed and very curious about how it would all play out.  Especially as Valerie, while an excellent detective, follows the beat of her own drum most of the time. 

While I had some small issues with the book overall, I really enjoyed the grittiness and visceral journey Black took us on.  This is going to be a love/hate type of read - for those who actually finish it.  I can see the comments now.  For me, give me more Saul Black.

★★★☆

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