The Seven Year Itch by SD Skye

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The Seven Year Itch by SD Skye
Publisher: Frankie V Books
Genre: Contemporary, Mystery/Suspense
Length: Full (287 pgs)
Rated: 4 Stars
Review by Rose

Her Family Was Vexed With a Generational Curse. Now for Lie Detecting FBI Spy Catcher J.J. McCall, the Truth is in The Seven Year Itch.

FBI Special Agent J.J. McCall is a born lie detector who recruits foreign spies to catch American traitors. She and co-case agent Tony Donato have lost two of their most critical Russian sources in the past two years, and they may lose another in just a few short days if they don’t catch him, The ICE PHANTOM, a rumored insider spy more insidious and elusive than Ames and Hanssen combined. They suspect he might be burrowed deep inside FBI counterintelligence—and his body count is going up.

Drawn into an unsanctioned mole hunt, they have a week to catch him, save a key source’s life—and their own. While J.J.’s lie detecting ability helps them narrow down the list of suspects, the lie she tells to herself may help the ICE PHANTOM defect to Moscow and get away with the murder of the man she loves.

Kudos to S.D. Skye for a debut novel that introduces a unique character into the ranks of thriller heroines–J.J. McCall who is cursed with a generational curse: at the age of seven, she became able to tell when someone was lying to her–she starts to itch.

This novel is full of interesting characters. There’s her ex-Black Panther father who thinks she needs to settle down with a good black man and her brother, who is a police officer and gives her a helping hand when he can. Then there’s her partner, Tony, who she is definitely attracted to and the feeling is mutual. The tension between them is not resolved, which is a good thing since this is the start of a series. There’s an off-screen ex-boyfriend who still is involved where J.J.’s heart is concerned. And, there are many many more characters that Skye introduces us to and gives us background on. And, this is the main downfall of the book–there are too many characters that we find out too much about.

Character development is a good thing, but not when it starts to slow the pace of the story down. This is especially true in a thriller where everything should build steadily until the finale. The Seven-Year Itch drags in the middle some, but Skye pulls it back together and gets the story back on track. She leaves us with an ending that promises more conflict and tension in the second book of the series.

It’s also interesting to get an insider’s view of what goes on behind the closed doors of the alphabet soup that is Washington and its agencies. I especially enjoyed that part of the book and am looking forward to the next book in the series.

Comments

  1. Thank you so much Rose for taking the time to review! As my first mystery/ suspense, I’m learning a lot so I appreciate all feedback. The next book in the series–Son of a Itch–will certainly build on all my lessons learned and deliver a fast-paced read featuring a brand new case and a power ending. For all visitors, please don’t forget to leave a comment to be entered for a chance to win a Kindle Fire and $25 gift card. If anyone has questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.

  2. Thank you for hosting this tour.

  3. Rita Wray says:

    The book sounds very intriguing. This is a new author to me so I’m interested in reading the book.

  4. hmmm…you are the second person to mention a kind of drag in the plot…but at least it comes back together in the end! Thanks so much for your review! It was very helpful 🙂

    andralynn7 AT gmail DOT com

  5. Catherine says:

    As a reader, I appreciate an honest review. As long as there are interesting characters, I’m in…and JJ sounds very interesting.
    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

  6. Sounds like a nice read.

    bn100candg(at)hotmail(dot)com

  7. Thanks for the chance to win!

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