When Special Agent Lucy Guardino of the FBI’s Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement squad finds herself on the trail of a sexual predator, she has little idea that some of her core beliefs are going to be challenged. Snake Skin is a dark and, at times, very disturbing tale that pushes its protagonist into some uncomfortable situations.
C.J. Lyon’s Special Agent Lucy Guardino is one of the more interesting and original indie thriller heroines. Flawed and struggling to juggle her professional and family lives, she makes for an engaging protagonist, even if she perhaps never becomes as fully rounded and real as she could be. I was left with the sense that Guardino will hopefully develop over further books to become a more complete, really standout hero.
So why only three stars? Well, despite the strong characterisation, there was never a moment when I felt the plot was likely to go anywhere really challenging or unusual. Once I realised this, I felt relatively ‘safe’ in the sense that I felt every time the book threatened to go towards something truly, truly dark, it would hold back. Ultimately, then i felt a little unsatisfied, even if I do find myself wanting to read more Lucy Guardino books.
Star rating for Snake Skin (A Lucy Guardino FBI Thriller): 3 stars.
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