Friday, March 17, 2017

Fair Chance by Josh Lanyon

Fair Chance by Josh Lanyon

Review by Lauren

source: copy from Netgalley; all opinions are my own

Official SummaryEx–FBI agent Elliot Mills thought he was done with the most brutal case of his career. The Sculptor, the serial killer he spent years hunting, is finally in jail. But Elliot's hope dies when he learns the murderer wasn't acting alone. Now everyone is at risk once again—thanks to a madman determined to finish his partner's gruesome mission.  
When the lead agent on the case, Special Agent Tucker Lance, goes missing, Elliot knows it's the killer at work. After all, abducting the love of his life is the quickest way to hurt him.  
The chances of finding Tucker are all but impossible without the help of the Sculptor—but the Sculptor is in no position to talk. Critically injured in a prison fight, he lies comatose and dying while the clock ticks down. Elliot has no choice but to play this killer's twisted game and hope he can find Tucker in time.
Review: This is the third book in the All's Fair series. For whatever reason, I must not have realized this when I requested the book from Netgalley as I have not read the previous two. Regardless, I think you can read Fair Chance on its own and still follow the story just fine. I might have to go back and read the first two at some point though, as I really do like Josh Lanyon's writing.

Anyway, back to Fair Chance! Elliot Mills is an Ex-FBI agent who is still stuck in the midst of a case as the serial killer he helped catch, while in jail now, is still toying with him. The Sculptor won't talk to anyone but Elliot, and when Elliot goes to visit him in jail, he's given information that may or may not be true, but if it is true? It changes the game...and not in any way the FBI is happy about.

Special Agent Tucker Lance is Elliot's partner and none too thrilled that Elliot is still involved in the case. He wants him to be separate from all of this. However, when Tucker ends up going missing, Elliot is determined to do everything he can to figure out just where Tucker went and if it's at all connected to The Sculptor.

This was an exciting read with plenty of suspense and mystery. I thought I had an idea of what was happening, but then new information was revealed and things change again. I love this in a good mystery! It keeps the reader on their toes and that's never a bad thing. I thought the characters were well-rounded and wonderfully written. It was easy to get into Elliot's head and feel his fears and emotions, especially when Tucker goes missing.

While this book is mostly a mystery, there is a bit of romance and it all balances itself out well. Definitely recommended!

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Geybie's Book Blog said...

I'm planning to read M/M romances but haven't found the perfect ones yet. I'love check this one out. Thank you for sharing. Awesome review. :)

Lisa Mandina said...

Sounds like a good murder mystery type of story. Glad you enjoyed it. I do hate when I start a series several books in though. That happened to me with Anne Rice's books, I read the fourth one in the Lestat series before I read any of the others. Of course then I had to go back and read them all in order. Great review!

Lola said...

I dislike it when that happens, Nowadays I always try and look up the book first before I request in hopes of lowering the chances of ending up with a later book in the series. but that's good to hear this one worked well as a standalone. It sounds like a good read with the mystery and romance elements.

Chiara @ Books for a Delicate Eternity said...

I'm glad that you didn't feel too lost in this book, even though it's the third in a series! I once requested a sequel companion novel and only realised what I'd done when I started reading. But I actually ended up loving that book so it didn't really matter.

I like the sound of this book! For some reason it's giving me Silence of the Lambs vibes, and I love that movie. Mystery/thriller books are some of my absolute favourites, and it saddens me that so few of them are LGBTQIA+. I am definitely going to check out this series!

Lovely review, Lauren ^.^

JezzebellJC said...

I always love a good mystery! I'm glad this one worked on it's own, but it does sound like you would have more information about the serial killer if you'd read the first two. I hope you enjoy those as well when you get to them :D

Kristen @ Metaphors and Moonlight said...

This sounds neat with the whole serial killer/mystery/suspense thing going on! And it sounds twisty too. Sometimes it's nice when romance takes the background a bit but keeps the story nicely balanced. Great review!

Verushka said...

Oh yes, a mystery that keeps me guessing I like! I am always gobsmacked about how people can solve mysteries way before I even can strat thinking about those things!