Thursday, February 28, 2013

A Reader's Opinion: "The Alias" by Mandi Tucker Slack

After a long and difficult divorce, Jacey thinks the worst is over. Little does she know she'll soon be forced to go undercover to protect her family, and in the process, she'll risk losing her identity, her future, and her heart. With a lightning pace, a good dose of humor, and a plot that's full of suspense, this thrilling novel is an edge-of-your-seat read.

A Reader's Opinion
I'm not going to retell you what the book is about--the blurb does that. I will tell you that The Alias is a good clean read, with exciting elements within the pages. Whether in the city or on the run to the middle of nowhere, the story keeps up a good pace and keeps the reader engaged. 
For me, the suspense was minimal, but I did like the relationship between Jacey and her son Blaze. It's not always easy to pull off the single mother and only child relationship, but the author did a nice job making it believable. The "thriller" moments picked up more at the end, but again that could have just been me. 
My favorite part of the book--the time they spent on the farm with Melissa's family. The author knows how to write loving families who stand by one another. With bits of humor, and some endearing moments, this is a nice debut novel.  
I would easily recommend this to any audience who enjoys an easy and enjoyable read with a variety of elements--a little romance, fast-paced moments, and humor.
Note to reader: There are some references to the LDS church in this book. It doesn't detract from the book and the author does a nice job of subtly weaving in the elements.

Author Mandi Slack
I am the mother of three wonderful children. I grew up in Orangeville, UT, where my dad worked as a coal miner for eighteen years. I love the outdoors and spending time exploring new, exciting places with my family. I was a very imaginative child and that love of imagination carried into my adulthood. I love writing novels, especially romance and suspense.  

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