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Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite
Project Onion by Karen Stensgaard is book one in The Melville Consulting Series. Kat Jenson has a new job as an audit consultant at an investigation company called Melville Consultancy. Assigned to Project Onion, Kat’s job is to investigate the bank accounts of a drug lord known as El Rey and when she uncovers a money laundering scheme, things turn dangerous for her. His bank accounts are frozen, prompting him to pay a visit to the consulting company and threaten the boss. The police arrest El Rey but Kat is scared and wants out. But, because she took a year out of employment to go off on a trip, jobs are hard to come by. With no money, she is tempted to keep going but when she comes face to face with El Rey, her life is in danger once more. El Rey wants revenge and he will stop at nothing to get it. Will Kat succeed in bringing him down for good or is her life in peril?
Project Onion by Karen Stensgaard is an engrossing read, packed with suspense, a little romance, and even some time travel for good measure. It has a very strong female lead, plenty of action, and no small amount of stunning twists and turns that will leave you dizzy. The characters are real people, entirely believable and relatable, and that includes the antagonists. The dialogue is snappy and descriptive, drawing you in from the start, and the pacing is just right – not so slow that you lose interest and not so fast that you can’t keep up. The main character is the kind of woman that others might dream of being – a sophisticated, smart decision-maker who isn’t afraid to stare danger in the face and the thrilling plot marks the start of what looks to be a great new series. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this and am looking forward to more of Kat Jenson’s adventures.