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The Wrong Victim by Allison Brennan
Narrator: Suzanne Gutierrez
Series: Quinn & Costa #3
Published by Harlequin Audio, HarperAudio, Mira on April 26, 2022
Genres: Mystery, Suspense, Thriller
Length: 13 hours, 13 minutes
Format: Audiobook, eARC
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A bomb explodes on a sunset charter cruise out of Friday Harbor at the height of tourist season and kills everyone on board. Now this fishing and boating community is in shock and asking who would commit such a heinous crime—the largest act of mass murder in the history of the San Juan Islands.
Forensic profilers know there are two types of domestic terrorists: those who use violence to instill fear for political purposes but stop at murder because it detracts from the cause, and those who crave attention and are willing to maim and murder for their own agenda.
Accused of putting profits before people after leaking fuel that caused a massive fish kill, the West End Charter company may itself have been the target. But as special agent Matt Costa, detective Kara Quinn and the rest of the FBI team begin their investigation, they discover that plenty of people might have wanted someone dead on that yacht. Now they must track down who is responsible and stop them before they strike again.
I have loved the Quinn & Costa series from the start. Kara Quinn is our primary point of view. She is so smart and capable. She’s in a tough spot with not being able to go back to LAPD because her cover was blown and now the bad guys want to kill her. They already killed her partner. Now she is working on the new mobile response team for the FBI but she is not an FBI agent.
Her personal relationship with Matt, the team leader is important to them both. But it is a problem with them on the same team. They actually handle it pretty well. Until Catherine decides she doesn’t like or trust Kara. Yes I pretty much hate Catherine. Everything is about her, she’s always the smartest and knows best. She has put her family through hell by shutting them out and making everything about her (earlier book). She is grieving for her sister who died but she also continues to be a snowflake and expect everyone to dance to her tune. I wish Matt didn’t want her on the team.
The case is complex with many layers. There is a bombing, environmental protestors, more bombings, a murder and a kidnapping. Because of Kara, I had some hints about the culprits but not completely. She does an amazing investigation tapping into multiple things the rest of the team didn’t catch. She fits in as needed and plays her roles well to connect with various locals. Her information is invaluable. The rest of the team does well with their roles and verifying information and data as well as forensic evidence.
The only thing I didn’t like about The Wrong Victim is how tenuous Kara’s career and relationship feel to her. Matt wants her on the team and in his life, but the risk is primarily for her and she could lose both. I really look forward to more in this series in both the investigations and the personal developments.
The narrator, Suzanne Guterriez Fortin, has been with the whole series. The female voices sounded normal. She is Kara for me now. The male voices have husky but not very deep tone. I listened comfortably at my usual 1.5x speed.
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