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IN Doubt is the third book in the Ivy Nash series. Some say each book can be read as a stand-alone. However, I believe its best if they are read in order, as this will allow readers to better understand the flow of events relating to Ivy’s past.
The series follows the work of Ivy Nash, a former employee of Child Protective Services. Tired of seeing injustice meted out to children and the failure by CPS to help them, she formed her own business to provide help without having to deal with unnecessary red tape. Being a victim of the same injustice, she carries out her job with zeal and does everything within her power to help those who cannot help themselves.
Ivy has tried to move past her past and to forget the pain that comes with it, however after a recent terrifying experience she discovered that moving on would not be that easy. At the beginning of this instalment, she is trying to come to terms with her recent kidnapping. The memories still haunt her and she knows danger still lurks waiting for that moment to pounce. However, instead of allowing fear to control her she continues to do what she does best, especially now that Emma, (a four-year-old who she rescued) and her protégé Christina needs her expertise.
Emma’s dad faced charges of sexual assault of a minor. He hires Ivy and Christina to protect her at all costs while he dealt with his legal issue. Ivy had her suspicions about the assault charges and began her own investigation. In the midst of this, her friend and protégé Christina became the focus of a murder investigation. Both cases stir up the painful memories she tries to put behind her, but she did not let it prevent from helping Emma and Christina. In her quest to help them, she would discover that all is not what it seems to be.
I went into this story expecting an exciting read, and the author did not disappoint. IN Doubt was fast paced, suspenseful, thrilling and emotional. There was so much going in this story, which kept me on my toes at every page turn. Then there were the twists I never expected although I had my suspicions. I guess I was hoping I would be wrong, so it kind of crept up on me. The story touched on the sensitive topics of child abuse, sexual abuse, and drug abuse and child prostitution.
The cast of characters was delightful as usual. I enjoyed the camaraderie between Ivy and her friends. I loved how they always had each other’s back, which the story highlighted when Christina needed help. Ivy proves to be not only a kick ass heroine but also one who is selfless. She faces danger with every secret she unfolds, but she refuses to give up because the lives of those she cares about were at risk.
The ending left me wanting more. No, the story did not end in a cliff-hanger. The cases were adequately tied up and all questions answered. However, there was a hint of danger at hand for Ivy, which left eagerly anticipating the next instalment.
If you have not started this series and you enjoy mysteries and thrillers, then you need to pick up these books. I highly recommend them.
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