Category: Thriller
Author: Valerie J. Brooks
Publisher: Black Leather Jacket Press
Publication Date: August 16, 2022
Number of Pages: 298
ISBN-10: 1732373248
ISBN-13: 978-1732373242

In 1 Last Betrayal by Valerie J. Brooks, Angeline Porter, a former criminal defense attorney, undertakes a perilous journey to rescue her missing half-sister. Racing against time and navigating a treacherous world of crime, betrayal, and deceit, Angeline must rely on her determination and wit to outsmart a Boston mob and a violent syndicate boss with powerful connections. With shocking clues, unexpected alliances, and a life-or-death fight for survival, Angeline's race to save her sister takes her to the brink, unveiling shocking revelations and taking her to a world she never expected.

1 Last Betrayal by Valerie J. Brooks is a riveting meld of thriller and suspense and Brooks wastes no time in immersing readers in the suspense, making them guess as they follow one clue after another. The setting is stunningly imagined and wonderfully executed, and the author does a marvelous job of exploring the relationships between the characters.  The writing is crisp and evocative, punctuated by engaging dialogues and superb descriptions. The streams of consciousness plunge readers into the mind of the protagonist, heightening the internal conflict. The author’s gift for plot is evident in this spellbinding narrative. Readers follow shocking and incriminating clues that keep them guessing at every turn while the odds are stacked against Angeline. Renewing her connection with a charming FBI agent is a plot point that augments the suspense as readers want to know what happens next between them. The beautiful prose captures scenes in wonderful ways and Brooks skillful plotting takes center stage. The result is a lingering and compelling hair-raiser.  

Reviewed By: Matthew Novak


Date: November 14, 2023

Thriller, Suspense & Mystery