***Note: I was given a free copy in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.***Bounty by J.D. Cunegan
Series: Jill Andersen Series #1
Genres: mystery, science fiction, thriller
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Jill Andersen is a Baltimore homicide detective and is considered one of the best they have. However, she harbors a unique secret that she can't tell anyone. But her secret is threatened when Dr. Trent Roberts is pulled out of the Chesapeake Bay. Connected to Jill's past, solving the death of Dr. Roberts is going to be a tricky matter and potentially expose her secret. A secret that involves a tour in Iraq, a secret cybernetic experiment, and a conspiracy.
Can Jill solve Dr. Robert's murder without her secret being revealed? Can anyone be brought to justice for Dr. Roberts' murder? And one big question that's brought to the attention of everyone is, "Who is Bounty?"
I definitely have to say, this was a fun book to read. Jill Anderson reminds me of Kate Beckett from Castle. She is tough, no one is going to stand in her way, and she’ll do what’s right, no matter what. Jill’s secret is given to the reader fairly early on in the book, so you don’t need to wait long on that. How it plays out in solving Dr. Roberts’ murder is fascinating. Unfortunately, it’s the MAIN thing that fuels the entire story, so I can’t say anything about it until you read it yourself. The mystery itself is well thought out, and even though you do know who the main bad guy is through the majority of the book, the not knowing if he’ll be brought to justice or not hangs there until the end. There were a few twists and turns I didn’t realize where going to happen, so it was enjoyable.
Is it realistic? Of course not, it’s fiction. And this book embraces what indie books are all about. J.D. Cunegan gives readers something they’d never run into in the mainstream publishing world. This is why I love indie books so much. The unique ideas that don’t fly anywhere else. A few things I will mention here are there are some errors in the book. I normally gloss over them if they don’t interfere with my reading, but several did jump out at me. Also, the formatting of the ebook isn’t “traditional” formatting. The author preserved the double-space format. I do not know if this was intentional or not. I will say I rather enjoyed it as it gave my eyes a rest, but others might be bothered by it. (edit: This has since been resolved in newer versions. I apparently had downloaded an old copy.) All in all, I quite enjoyed it because of how different it was. If you’re willing to take a chance on something different and out of the ordinary, then jump on in!