Severed Trust by Margaret Daley

Leah Courtney
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

Although I've enjoyed my last couple of review books, I just couldn't like Severed Trust by Margaret Daley.

Set in modern day Texas and featuring a Texas Ranger, Ethan Stone, the book is part of a series called The Men of the Texas Rangers. Although it is book three of the series, I didn't really feel like I was missing anything having not read the first two.

The story focuses on Ethan's niece, Lexie, and her involvement in a what could be a murder/suicide of the son of one of the town's most influential men. Investigations lead to information about buying and selling illegal prescription drugs and the abuse of those drugs by the teens in town.

The idea of the story sounded as if the book would be really interesting. I like "hero books", books about people in service jobs like police, firemen, doctors. So a book about a Texas Ranger sounded as if it would be right up my alley. I started with enthusiasm, but my enthusiasm soon fizzled.

The book is filled with dialogue. There is so much dialogue that it is often confusing to keep up with who is speaking. There is almost nothing about emotions and inner thoughts of the characters. The book is just description of action with lots of dialogue leading the story.

I also have a problem reading books that jump back and forth between a few main stories. There were quite a few people who ended up being involved in the situation in this story, and the story would jump back and forth between them equally. That, combined with the fact that so much of it was dialogue, made it very hard to keep up.

I just couldn't like this one. I give it 3 stars and a PG13 for content (lots of drug related scenarios).

Leah Courtney / Author & Editor

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