Web of Crimes

Fiction - Thriller - General
470 Pages
Reviewed on 11/15/2021
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Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite

Web of Crimes by Peter d'Plesse is a thriller novel with a strong protagonist couple and a mystery that will keep you up at night until you reach the end. Alex hopes to find her grandfather’s aircraft that was lost in the Second World War. When Jed helps her locate it, she knows she is dangerously close to falling in love, but she resists with everything she has. However, before she has to make a decision, a new adventure calls them. A scientist found a rare aircraft and has disappeared. Jed and Alex look into this disappearance and figure out where the scientist went. However, the deeper they look, the more dangerous this new adventure becomes. Before they know it, they are targeted by some very dangerous people who want to keep the information hidden, along with whatever was inside that aircraft. When they get help, Jed and Alex accept it. But, when they are separated and in dire danger, Alex and Jed have to fight for their lives and each other.

Reading Web of Crimes was an absolute pleasure. Peter d'Plesse is right: Alex is independent, but she is very vulnerable. She is afraid of commitment, afraid of losing control, and is terrified of losing someone she loves. Jed, on the other hand, is open to love and beginning a loving relationship with Alex. The author is a genius. Peter d'Plesse creates surprisingly accurate connections, adds believable twists, and creates opportunities for the characters to share their story with readers. The mystery behind the scientist’s disappearance, the aircraft found, and whatever treasures and information were inside that aircraft are all well-managed by the author. The supporting characters and their respective stories become a nice sub-plot for the story. Incredible!

K.C. Finn

Web of Crimes is a work of fiction in the thriller, crime, and mystery subgenres, and was penned by author Peter d'Plesse. The work is best suited to the adult reading audience owing to the presence of moderate violence and some explicit language appropriate to the story context. We find ourselves with Alex Dulaine and Jed Mitchell, a pair with a burgeoning romance who carry the guilt of getting Alex out of her previous abusive relationship. As Alex invites Jed to start a new investigation on the hunt for a lost aircraft, their past trauma will be met with new terrors and challenges once they get embroiled in conspiracies, coded messages, and long-buried crimes that threaten to be exposed.

Author Peter d'Plesse has crafted a deep-thinking novel with details galore which certainly lives up to its name. The complexity of the work is a standout feature, with one mystery weaving into the next and carrying different threads throughout the plot without ever losing track of them. As central characters, Alex and Jed are capable heroic figures who become more interesting the more the plot goes on, and I found myself very attached to them by the novel's gripping conclusion. The dialogue, too, was a major player in this work, serving to move the plot forward without enormous exposition passages and delivering the wit and charm of individual characters. Overall, I would certainly recommend Web of Crimes to fans of intricate mysteries that also balance romantic suspense and high octane thrills exceedingly well.

Vincent Dublado

Web of Crimes by Peter d'Plesse is a riveting adventure thriller where abuse, love, greed, revenge, history, money, and politics intertwine. Alex Dulaine escaped abuse but she couldn’t have done it without the help of Jed Mitchell. This is a dark secret that they share. Jed has been on a steep learning curve ever since he met Alex because he is drawn to her. This time, Alex entices Jed to join her on another quest involving a mystery aircraft lost in World War 11. As they travel to Adelaide to investigate, other forces will be drawn into the quest where the liquidation of Alex and Jed becomes the agenda intended to appear as the result of a terrorist attack.

Web of Crimes is effective in depicting the greed and corruption that gnaw on the souls of men. Alex and Jed are well-developed characters, and the quest as a means for Alex to delay her decision to reciprocate Jed’s love makes for a logical reason to engage in an adventure. As the story moves along, you see how the plot gives its characters a complete arc. Jed is a gritty character who has a passion for both the quest and the woman that he accompanies, while it’s a win-win situation for Alex, who not only earns a partner in crime but enough time to get to know Jed better. There’s always that spark between them that keeps their adventure interesting. Peter d’Plesse gives you an adventure thriller with lots of unforgettable moments that fully gels. There’s enough here to warrant a must-read recommendation, and I am giving it with enthusiasm.