A Life Unbroken by K. M. Hewitt

A Life Unbroken by K. M. Hewitt
Publisher: Create Space
Genre: Mystery/Suspense, Contemporary
Length: Full Length (327 pages)
Heat Level: Sweet
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Camellia

As the sole witness to a devastating accident at a secret Biological Weapons Lab, Alex McKay vanishes while on assignment in South America. Six years later… through luck and a twist of fate… she resurfaces in the U.S. with a new name, a new face and a new identity. Alex has a frightening story to tell and she knows it could send shockwaves throughout the nation and world… if she lives long enough to tell it.

A Life Unbroken starts out mild and gentle with just a hint of suspense. Then it escalates to a terrifying, horrifying time in Alex McKay’s life that is incredibly cruel. It goes from having a lazy nap after a good meal to a South American dungeon prison and finally to Washington D.C.

Her life is not her own for many years. How she copes when she knows her life teeters on the edge is spellbinding. How she rises from hopelessness to a position of power had me cheering for her every step of the way—at least, when I wasn’t holding my breath, hoping she’d survive with her sanity.

The major characters, both good and bad, depict the best to the worst characteristics of humanity. Much of the action reads like the things reported in the daily newspaper.

Cindy and Barry, two people Alex meets in the South American prison, are strong influences in Alex’s life as she moves into a life far removed from how she lived as a research scientist then a prisoner. At the Galindo estate in South America, the reader sees a new Alex McKay emerge under the tutelage of Alain Galindo, the rich oil man who has a common enemy with Alex.

Ms. Hewitt’s writing style is distinctive. While the main character, Alex McKay, a scientist, tells much of the story in first person, there are other characters’ point of views and author narrative. The reader needs to pay attention so the full benefit of the different point of views and the narrative can be appreciated. These aspects of the story reveal different facets of this mystery/suspense novel that give special insight into what is happening.

I stayed up far too late, reading to make sure some of the despicable antagonists got their comeuppance. Of course, I was also hoping for a happy-ever-after or, at least, a happy-for-now.

A Life Unbroken is the first in the Alex McKay Series. There are many characters introduced and involved in the machinations and clandestine dealings. I’m looking forward to seeing some of them again in the books yet to come.

Speak Your Mind