Book Review | One by KJ McGillick

Book Description

A stolen life. A Faustian bargain. Prey becomes predator.

Azar Abed is out for revenge for the life Dr. Adrian Armond stole from her. No matter what the cost. Adrien Armond will stop at nothing to recover the massive fortune Azar Abed embezzled from him. Neither will walk away until the other is dead. Someone’s going to die, that is for certain.

Personal revenge gets caught up in a bio-terror plot to crash the world’s economy as darkness spirals into darkness and terror is the order of the day. Azar Abed and Adrien Armond are on a collision course that could have catastrophic consequences on a global scale.

Who will kill who first? Will it be enough? Can anyone stop the bio-terror plot to destroy the world’s economy that is already in motion? Does anyone have enough humanity left even to try?

Set against a backdrop of Washington, DC, ONE is a heart pounding-psychological thriller pitting greed against greed in a cat-and-mouse game where vengeance is the only prize. It can be read as a standalone, or as the conclusion to events begun in its predecessor, TWO. It concludes the Path of Deception and Betrayal series.

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My Review | ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

One is the riveting conclusion to a three-part series that took my breath away with all its twists and turns. Different than Two in that there is not an innocent victim to worry over and want to see justice for, One is still just as full of suspense and intrigue as is Two.

Favorite character: Mary

Mary is delightful – always cheerful with a knack of being at the right place at the right time.  She is an older woman who is studying for her PI license and has solved some international cases occurring during the stories in this series.  I want to be as spunky and fun as Mary when I grow older.

What I Love

When I think about what I loved about the story, the very first, as well as the second and third thing that comes to mind, is the twist and turns that kept me on the edge of my seat throughout the whole story.  Just like with Two, One continued to spell-bind me from page one through to the last page.  I love that the pace and tone of the plot kept me wondering what would happen next and how the story would resolve.

I was intrigued by the code among thieves theme that runs throughout the novel. I don’t want to say too much about this for fear that I will spoil the story, but it is an exciting component of the plot. Bad guys policing other bad guys in very creative and definitive ways make for an intriguing plot device.

I love that Azar Abed is both dastardly and sympathetic. She is plotting a worldwide terrorist event, but I still feel sympathy for all she had gone through. She has been a victim many times over, and I think that is, if not the sole reason, a significant contributing factor to the choices she is making in the novel.

What I Wish

I wish that Jackson had been more relatable.  Between his clunky dialogue and strangely forceful reactions to Mary, he alienated me rather than drew me in.  He is one of the good guys, so I wanted to like him and was sad that I didn’t.

I also wish that the conclusion hadn’t confused me. The plot through all its twists and turns was headed to one endpoint then it suddenly switched directions entirely. I had a hard time following the twist, and it still has me scratching my head.

To Read or Not to Read

A fantastic conclusion to an extraordinary series.  Anyone who loves thrillers will love to add this series to their bookshelves.

Thank you to Rachel’s Random Resources and K.J. McGillick for providing me with a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

Meet K.J. McGillick

K. J. McGillick was born in New York and once she started to walk she never stopped running. But that’s what New Yorker’s do. Right? A Registered Nurse, a lawyer now author.

As she evolved so did her career choices. After completing her graduate degree in nursing, she spent many years in the university setting sharing the dreams of the enthusiastic nursing students she taught. After twenty rewarding years in the medical field she attended law school and has spent the last twenty-four years as an attorney helping people navigate the turbulent waters of the legal system. Not an easy feat. And now? Now she is sharing the characters she loves with readers hoping they are intrigued by her twisting and turning plots and entertained by her writing.

3 Replies to “Book Review | One by KJ McGillick”

  1. OMGosh, why would the author use to double A names for characters: Azar Abed and Dr. Adrian Armond. I had to go back and reread the blurb twice to get them straight in my head. Was that confusing in the book?

    Other than that it sounds like a high-octane thriller!

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