Reviewed by Susan Sewell for Readers' Favorite
Accountable by E. V. Stephens is a thrilling murder mystery where a serial killer seems to be targeting the lives of big money corporate employees. The first victim is a young lawyer found stabbed to death in her tub. Having just buried her husband and unable to stay at home with his memories haunting her at every turn, Detective Val Benchik returns to work. Being a homicide detective and having a grisly murder to solve gives Val the ability to focus on something other than her personal life. When the killer strikes again, the evidence leads Val and her partner to the major businessmen in their city. The Commissioner and the Mayor are good friends with their suspects and are not very happy with the direction in which Val is taking her inquiries. As Val follows the available facts and her instincts, city officials may not be the only ones who are disgruntled with her investigation. Laying her life on the line is part of Val's job; will it come to that?
Accountable by E. V. Stephens is a stunning murder mystery. I was so caught up in the story that I couldn't put it down until I had reached its exciting conclusion. The storyline is impeccable and the plot spectacular. Val is an outstanding homicide detective and someone that you would want in your corner. She is forceful and tenacious, and behind the rough shell is a caring person. Although the deaths of those she cared for have left her feeling vulnerable and, at times, have compromised her case, her experiences have enhanced her skills and ability to relate to victims and their loved ones. Val is a fantastic protagonist, and I am hoping to meet her and her colleagues again. This sensational novel is comparable to the best-selling murder mysteries by authors such as John Grisham and James Patterson, and I believe we will be seeing this author on a best-seller list soon. Phenomenal story.