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Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite
The Jillian Factor by B.A. Mealer is a suspenseful novel about a twenty-four-year-old detective on a case that quickly becomes personal. When Jillian Potter stumbles on the corpse of the very person she is investigating in a case, she knows it can’t be anything but a bad omen. As she works diligently with undercover investigator Thomas Wellington to discover the culprit, things quickly get out of control as her past catches up with her. To be able to save her career, she must honestly face a painful past.
In an investigative novel like this, there is always the probability that anyone could be the devil behind the crime, and many characters become suspects. I love the way B.A. Mealer handles the balance — with a deft hand — and creates the next plot twist or red herring for fans of the genre. The elements of romance are skillfully integrated into the narrative and they are a great addition to the overall entertainment experience for readers. The writing is polished and the prose is delightful, with vivid descriptions and engaging dialogues. The author’s handling of character development is also deft and masterly, and the author uses the conflict to unveil deeper layers of characterization. The protagonist may seem too young for a sleuth, but I enjoyed the depth of her maturity, one of those characters who are forced to grow up by circumstances. The Jillian Factor is an engaging and highly entertaining novel, well-crafted to keep the reader turning the pages.