Braking Points by Tammy Kaehler

Braking Points by Tammy Kaehler
Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press
Genre: Mystery/Suspense, Action/Adventure, Contemporary
Length: Full Length (291 pages)
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Nymphaea

Kate Reilly can’t remember a worse time in her life, on-track or off. She wrecks her racecar at Road America in Wisconsin, sending a visiting NASCAR star to the hospital, and loses her cool on-camera, only to end the day by discovering her boyfriend with a friend of hers. A dead friend.

With little time to grieve, Kate finds herself the pariah of the racing world, the target of vicious e-mail messages, death threats, and a frenzy of blame on racing sites and blogs, including an influential, anonymous blogger who’s trying to get her fired. But nothing is as bad as knowing her friend’s killer is still out there—and aiming at Kate.

She’s riding a roller coaster of emotion, juggling an exciting new sponsor, a boyfriend she’s not sure she can trust, and new-found family she doesn’t want to claim. Dodging unfavorable media attention and a pit reporter with a bias against women in racing, Kate redeems herself by delivering stunning performances behind the wheel at the next race: Petit Le Mans, the ten-hour endurance classic.

The championship race weekend and an undercurrent of threats on all sides rev Kate’s nerves to their limits. From on-track action, to sponsor parties, to the Series awards banquet, she’s part of the action, uncovering motives, secrets, and powerful ambitions. Ultimately she learns no one can escape the past—but only a murderer is driven by it.

Sometimes you just can’t get a break…or a brake, in this case.

Braking Points by Tammy Kaehler is one of those books that mystery lovers will enjoy. The writing is crisp and descriptive. I’ve been to many a racing event and I felt, while reading this book, that I was right there in the pits. I didn’t want to put this book down. There are that many twists and turns. I was never sure who-done-it and needed to know.

Kate isn’t a bad person, but page after page, the press, her fellow drivers…everyone seems to have it out for her. She’s strong and while she’s stuck on a really crazy ride of emotions–her friend is murdered and a girl can’t just get beyond something like that–she keeps her head held high. I really liked her character and would love to see her in future books.

You don’t have to love racing to love this book. You can smell the racing fuel and burnt tires in every page. Grab a copy. You won’t want to miss this one.

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