The Tables Have Turned

The Tables Have Turned

Book Two in the "Under Suspicion" series

Romance - Suspense
294 Pages
Reviewed on 05/17/2017
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Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite

The Tables Have Turned is book two in Lori Power’s Under Suspicion series, a story that features fine romance with heart-stopping suspense mixed with a criminal investigation. A dead woman, an undercover police detective, and a woman who could be turned in by the man she loves. An old woman gets killed, and all the evidence points to Lorna Tymchuck. For her, it is a set up and she is determined to get to the bottom of it, but as she digs deeper, she meets with unsettling facts that could implicate her even more — and the dark secrets she doesn’t want to stare in the face. Her fiancé, Mitch Morgan, is an astute detective and he’ll do everything to find the killer, but then the evidence seems to lead too close to home. Could he have been in love with a murderer and, if Lorna is responsible for the crime, does he have the courage to bring her in?

One of Lori Power’s fortes is the strong prose and her uncanny ability to make readers feel the characters. I got hooked from the start of the story. “No one was to know – except one,” is the line that captures the thoughts of Mitchell Morgan as he prowls the night like a predator. That was the hook for me. Lorna and Mitch are well sculpted characters and readers become keen as they explore the worlds within them, caught up in the suspense, waiting for the moment of truth. The writing is fluid, exceptionally good, and enticing. The conflict is well-crafted to measure the pace of the plot and the reader can’t escape either the psychological conflict that moves the characters or the physical one. I found both the plot and the writing in The Tables Have Turned to be beguiling and can’t wait to read Secrets Revealed. This is a book for those who love dynamic characters, strong writing, and a gripping plot.

Deborah Lloyd

Lorna Tymchuk and Mitchell Morgan are engaged to be married, yet many secrets flourish within each of them. Mitchell is an undercover officer in Alberta, Canada, and cannot share many aspects of his work with Lorna. Currently he is investigating Pillar Insurance and its president, Darryl Simms, regarding an elaborate scam of taking millions of dollars from elderly people. Lorna is accomplished in the world of public relations, but secretly travels to internet hacker conferences. Her family comprises of her young son, Kris, and her foster mother/Kris’ nanny, Miriam. Miriam’s friend and neighbor, Dorothy Monarch, is murdered, along with her caregiver, during a “burglary gone bad" according to the police. In The Tables Have Turned: Under Suspicion – Book Two, written by Lori Power, the intrigue grows with each twist and turn in the story.

This fictional work engages the reader through a convoluted plot, interesting characters, romantic interludes and action-filled scenes. The interweaving of the personal and professional lives of Lorna and Mitchell demonstrates the adept writing skills of the author. Although many characters are involved in the story, it is easy to grasp the personality of each one. Author Lori Power gives just enough information about Lorna and Mitchell’s first adventure to entice the reader to want to read the first book of the series, if s/he has not already done so. Additionally, at the end of the book, she includes the first chapter of Book Three. It will be interesting to see what adventures this couple encounters next!

Lisa McCombs

Mitchell Morgan should be on cloud nine. A job that evoked passion when his travels allowed him time with Lorna, the promise of a life of marital bliss, complete with an adopted son. But his position as an investigative policeman was also demanding and sometimes dangerous, often lending to disruptions in traditional family life. Even in his most contented moments, there was also that dark spot of doubt associated with his fiancée’s past. And Lorna Tymchuk certainly had a heavy past. Raising her sister’s son as her own and living with Miriam, her foster mother, there were blanks in her life without Mitch that challenged his trust. When Lorna travels to Vegas, supposedly on business as a PR consultant, Mitch has no idea of her true intent nor her involvement in the computer hacking industry in which her true purpose rested. While away, Miriam’s best friend is brutally murdered in her own home, bringing Lorna’s past to full exposure. Unless she and Mitch can overcome their secrets, their future is doomed.

The Tables Have Turned: Under Suspicion Series - Book Two is a fast-paced, incredibly suspenseful continuation of Lori Power’s thrilling tale that grips the reader instantly. Packed full of the twists and turns of a true crime novel, the story includes just enough steamy romance and intoxicating scandal to force the reader to keep turning pages. Convincing dialogue propels the story line to the ranks of a great read and leaves this reviewer anxiously awaiting Book Three.

Patricia Reding

In The Tables Have Turned by Lori Power, Mitchell Morgan doesn't know quite what he's going to do with his love interest, Lorna Tymchuk. Having grown up under difficult circumstances, Lorna is very secretive. When a friend of the family who lived in the neighborhood is murdered, she discovers a possible connection to, of all people, herself. Unfortunately, to disclose what she knows could mean incriminating herself in other illegal activities, namely in illegal computer hacking. As she sets out to find answers, so too does Mitch in the course of his duties as a policeman. Struggling with the facts before them, even while wanting to pursue their lives together, doubts grow when an old acquaintance of Lorna's shows up. Can she trust Mitch with the secrets of her past? Can he trust her to be truthful with him?

Lori Power delivers an engaging story in The Tables Have Turned. Her characters--including the secondary players--are well developed, and the manner in which she portrays the relationships between them all is top notch. She has excellently captured the pain of a formerly abused person, the power of a man of honor, the anxiety of a would-be Mayor's wife who guards a potentially destructive secret, and the true evil and sliminess of a villain. Further, Lori Power has captured the manner in which people process information internally, trying to work themselves to a goal. I found the circumstances of the story believable, the dialogue real, and the ultimate outcome delivered at just the right time. For lovers of mysteries, Lori Power delivers a bang in The Tables Have Turned.