Out of Focus

Romance - Contemporary
240 Pages
Reviewed on 07/19/2018
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Author Biography

Hello! I am a police officer, writer, wife, and mother who enjoys outdoor adventure and travel. I live in Ontario, Canada on the north shore of Lake Superior. I have a University degree in English and decided to put my degree to use and write fiction. I am inspired by my full-time job as a police officer and use my experience in law enforcement to bring my stories and characters to life. I'm often looking down the road excited about where the next journey will take me, and in turn, my characters. always looking for that happy ending.

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Reviewed by Edith Wairimu for Readers' Favorite

Set in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Out of Focus by Carol Ashe explores the dangerous crimes of human and drug trafficking. Margarite Hunter is serving as a detective for WPS alongside Hank, her partner. A victim is found, beaten and bruised, and left for dead. Later, she is identified as Anna Kent, a sixteen-year-old caught in the horrific sex trade ravaging the city and other parts of the world. With no leads to follow and no witnesses, Margarite and Hank seem headed for a dead end. Later, a shot is fired just outside the station. This time the victim dies on the spot. This marks the start of a long, hard battle against a ruthless gang that will stop at nothing to rule in the city once again. Margarite will have to learn to trust again and hopefully fall in love amidst the surrounding havoc.

Authored by a police officer, Out of Focus contains an extra strand of originality that takes a look at the lives of the officers that put their lives on the line every day. Carol Ashe explores in detail some of the crimes that are prevalent in many parts of the world. The story line is well designed, showing both the cruelty reigning behind this world of crime while still focusing on the resoluteness of many great officers who pursue the criminals relentlessly. Including the twist of romance amidst the action was a great way to slow down the fast paced plot while still maintaining the suspense. It gave me some time to catch my breath. The characters fitted their roles perfectly while the dialogues between them were light hearted and engaging. Well structured and skilfully written, Out of Focus is a definite must-read.

Dorothy Gamie

This is a great read, has a great story line where you want to keep turning the pages to see what happens next. The writer has put real emotion into the story and the characters. Carol Ashe never disappoints, looking forward to more books in the future.

Sharon Hansen

Both my mother and I totally enjoyed reading Out of Focus. A real page the er, hard to put it down.


Great read. A real eye opener to the world of human trafficking while engaging you in a solid thriller / romance novel. Good writing.

Jessica Proulx

Stellar writing skills! Couldn’t put either of your books down until they were done! Looking forward to #3!

Suzanne Michaud

Out of the storm was a great read! Couldn’t wait for Out of focus and it was worth the wait. So many emotions felt while reading your books, I look forward to reading your future publications, well done!