The Atlas Defect by A.J. Schudiere

The Atlas Defect by A.J. Schudiere
The Nightshade Forensic Files Book 3

Publisher: Griffyn Ink
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length (350 pgs)
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Stargazer

Eleri wanted a different kind of case. She should have been careful what she wished for. When an odd human skeleton in Michigan’s Manistee-Huron National Forest triggers a NightShade investigation, Eleri and Donovan arrive to find it missing. But two other skeletons are a little too easily uncovered—each displays different anomalies that raise alarming questions. The bones aren’t from the area or probably even the continent. A decades-old abandoned building doesn’t register on satellite images. Files detailing genetic experiments on children are even more disturbing, and most of the children are unaccounted for. Who were the test subjects and where are the bodies? Eleri and Donovan believe there are others out there who haven’t died yet. But they will, if something isn’t done. Fast. If the case itself wasn’t enough of a problem, someone is watching. Someone with a particular interest in Donovan’s own skeletal anomalies . . .

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The Atlas Defect is the third book in the Nightshade Forensic Files series by A.J. Schudiere. The story centers on Eleri and Donovan, two F.B.I. agents from the Nightshade Division that is tasked with investigating some of the cases that fall outside of the regular realm of investigation. As such, these agents possess deep insight and strong investigative techniques.

The book is strong in description and research. The characters are believable and the events surrounding the ongoing investigations make the reader feel enveloped in the story. Although this is the third book in this specific series, a new reader should not feel that they would be lost just jumping in. While there may be some lingering questions; the author does a great job at filling in the missing back story that appeared in the other two books.

Action scenes and dialogue have a great flow throughout the book. This is mixed with strong medical and procedural research which gives an amazing combination and flow, making the reader feel at home even if the forensic field is somewhat new to the reader. Secondary characters each possess a strong backstory as well as their own character development. Transitions between events are not forced and move smoothly, leading the reader to want to continue reading and not put the book down.

The suspense factor is constant throughout the book. From the constant suspicion that someone is always watching to the mysterious events that plague the characters; there is the knowledge that something is not quite right. As the reader progresses through the book, more and more questions produce answers, which create even more questions in the end.

If you are a fan of forensic investigations I assure you that you will not be disappointed in The Atlas Defect!

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