Angela Applewhite’s debut novel takes us on a journey that weaves her second chance romance plot with timely yet unexpected subjects like drug abuse in the military, illegal street drug manufacturing, and the gruesome rape and murder investigations of three women. Applewhite’s graphic descriptions verge on forensic noir, with all the elements of a forensics crime drama, but Applewhite adds a softening lens through the eyes of her protagonist, Savanna Jones, a skilled forensic investigator. Surrounded by male colleagues, Jones holds her own – exuding confidence, strength and determination while still maintaining her alluring femininity.
A compelling read, Applewhite’s “Torn” is for CSI watchers and fans of suspense novels by Linwood Barclay, Tami Hoag or Halan Coben with startling twists and disturbing details – and for those who also crave a spicy touch of sizzling romance.
Karen Y-F January 16, 2019