The End by Denise Moncrief

The End by Denise Moncrief
Publisher: 5 Prince Publishing
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length (182 pgs)
Heat Level: Sensual
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by Stephantois

Sometimes the end is only the beginning.

Almost a year after her husband dies, Ellie Marston opens the file for Tab’s last manuscript, a thriller so compelling it reads like a true story. His manuscript needs an ending, so Ellie writes the obvious conclusion. The same morning she types The End, her career as an assistant district attorney falls apart. Accused of throwing the high profile Patterson case, she resigns in disgrace. The only friend she has left in the criminal justice system is Det. Paul Santiago, a man she has worked closely with on numerous cases. While she was married to Tab, she squashed her growing feelings for Paul, determined to make her deteriorating marriage work, but circumstances after Tab’s death bring Ellie and Paul together.

Ellie’s paranoia increases as she becomes convinced Patterson is harassing her, certain that someone is searching her belongings for any hidden evidence she might have that would reopen his case. It becomes clear there was a conspiracy to release Patterson. She seeks help from her former co-worker, Presley Sinclair, but soon discovers Presley is deeply involved in the subsequent cover up. Worse yet, Tab’s affair with Presley drew him into the twisted conspiracy as well.

Together Paul and Ellie attempt to uncover the conspiracy in the District Attorney’s office, the set up that forced her to resign. The key to the mystery is hidden in the pages of Tab’s manuscript. Once Paul and Ellie come to the correct conclusion—Tab’s manuscript is a true story and Ellie’s added ending is the only logical outcome—Ellie attempts to reveal Patterson’s hidden partner in the District Attorney’s office, but the co-conspirator she uncovers is not whom she suspects. Danger swirls around her as she steps further and further into the conspirator’s trap.

Romantic suspense is one of my favorite sub-genres and The End didn’t disappoint me in any way.

The opening got my attention and set in motion a lot of what if questions that kept me reading on. Was there a connection between Ellie’s husband’s manuscript and her being fired from the District Attorney’s office? Once the idea was planted in my head, I felt compelled to spend time reading more pages at one sitting just to find out if my suspicions were correct.

I thought Ellie was a fun character, and although as in all romantic suspense, you have mixed feelings about the hero, as in this case Paul, I hoped he’d end up being the good guy when all was said and done.

The pacing is fast and the dialogue very natural sounding. I also liked the setting of this book and that there was a hint that maybe the author has another book in mind using Ellie and Paul.

If like me you enjoy suspense with a romance, this is might be a good winter read for you.

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