Author Name & Publisher: Jessica L. Webb (Bold Strokes Books)
Publication Date & Length: April 12, 2016 – 264 pgs
Dr. Kate Morrison doesn’t know how or why someone would create human bombs that are triggered by touch. But when Sergeant Andy Wyles blocks Kate from touching the patient who collapses in her Vancouver ER, Kate joins the investigation to demand answers, regardless of the danger.
As the two women work together to find those responsible for creating an army of human weapons, Kate finds it increasingly difficult to ignore her feelings for the fiercely protective and unrelentingly perceptive cop.
The investigation escalates, and Kate gradually begins to trust Andy, not only with her safety but also with the difficult details of her past. With lives at risk and her heart on the line, Kate must search for a way to defuse the bombs and save her patients, even as she questions the intensifying connection between herself and Andy.
The two lead characters are developed incredibly well. There are elements of some of the best female leads in the genre in this story (think Cornwall’s Scarpetta, Karin Slaughter’s Sara Linton, The Bridge’s Saga Noren and Tess Gerritsen’s Rizzoli and Isles). But while the author pays tribute, she creates unique women and I’d love to see them develop further over the course of a series.
Kate and Andy are both strong, powerful women. Kate is a survivor and Andy is an unapologetically kick-ass heroine. I enjoyed the refreshing lack of emotional angst and drama but I’m not sure if this detracted a little from the romance element in the story. While this has been marketed as an F/F romance, the action is the focus of this story and the central relationship more a friendship and partnership until quite late in the book.
The detailed research behind this story is flawless. The blurb made the story sound like implausible sci/fi which had me cautious. In reality, this is so well written that I was able to believe fully in the story and invest emotionally in the characters.
I love discovering a new favourite author and while I’d love for this to become a series, I am looking forward to whatever Jessica Webb writes next.
Wow. Who knew female RMCP officers were so hot?! Okay, okay. That isn’t the only thing I liked about this book, but it’s a definite plus! But I loved the whole concept of this book. It seemed unique and refreshing. Human bombs that are triggered by the touch of another person on their skin. How would that even work? The explanation, late in the book, makes total sense, even though I don’t think we learn exactly what compounds were used. Who knows? It may be possible, it may not. But what a great premise. And the way Webb wrote it made the whole thing sound feasible. Then we have the hot Sgt Andy, and the intriguing Dr. Kate. Andy has been working the case for a while now, but Kate gets involved when one of these human bombs makes his way into her ER. That’s where we find out that Kate can touch him, and possibly others, without setting them off.
I can’t say enough how much I enjoyed this. Webb revealed just enough information at a time to make it not only suspenseful, but feel as though the reader was there for all the discoveries as they happened. Everything progresses in a linear, logical fashion that just makes the book feel tightly plotted and excellently paced. The only thing I had a problem with was the little “fight” between Andy and Kate right before things started going down in the end phase. It just seemed too logical to me that everything Andy did and said was with the sole purpose of ensuring Kate’s safety, even if it meant she lost Kate forever, before she even ever had her. So I’m not quite so sure I would believe that Kate didn’t come to that same conclusion a whole lot sooner. I suppose you could make a case for stress and fatigue combining to make her a bit slow, but I’m just not buying that part.
And that little twist at the end with the evil doctor? Creeptastic! Totally cool plot twist that made me squirm and cringe in disgust and sympathy. In all, a great read.
I received an unedited copy of this book and my review assumes that the errors will be corrected prior to publication.
Trigger is an intense, pulse-pounding story that pulled me from page one. Someone is making human bombs that are set off by touch. So much is happening and no one is sure who to trust anymore; it is up to Sgt. Wyles and Dr. Morrison to find out what is going on.
I had Raj pegged as involved but didn’t realize how or his extent. However, there were other twists that I didn’t see coming that kept me on my feet.
I loved watching the relationship between Wylie and Kate blossom. I also loved that their relationship wasn’t the forefront of the book. It developed slowly throughout the book and led to the realistic feeling of the book.
I really connected with both women and when they were at odds, I could feel the pain that both of them were carrying. The author did a terrific job projecting their feelings and insecurities and making them feel real to the reader.
Jessica L. Webb spends her professional days working with educators to find the why behind the challenging behaviors of the students they support. Limitless curiosity about the motivations and intentions of human behavior is also a huge part of what drives her to write stories and understand the complexities of her characters and their actions.
When she’s not working or writing, Jessica is spending time with her wife and daughter, usually planning where they will travel next. Jessica can be found most often on her favorite spot on the couch with a book and a cup of tea.