Wild Rose Press (2020)
Reviewed by Rachael Rodgers for Reader Views (7/2020)
In “Guilty Knowledge” by Linda Griffin, readers follow Detective Jesse Aaron and his partner Camille. They are trying to solve Rosa Logan’s murder when a strange woman comes in claiming to have information for them. Sariah Brennan says she had a vision of the murder and she knows things that she couldn’t possibly know without a source, right? But things get even more crazy when Jesse starts to develop feelings for Sariah. He knows she is a witness and it is completely unprofessional but he can’t help himself. Jesse must decide how to get Sariah to tell him the truth and ends up finding out she is in trouble with law enforcement herself.
I think the author did a great job of conveying the mystery and storyline. Her characters are very relatable and easy to follow. While I loved the plot twist towards the end, I do wish there were more suspense to the story; it almost felt as if the storyline was rushed. Linda Griffin did a great job with the imagery and setting the theme for this novel.
This book is intended for adults due to the sexual scenario not suitable for children. I personally liked this book as a quick no-nonsense read. I am not sure if men would enjoy this novel due to the lack of action in it; but it all depends on personal preference. I really enjoyed the author’s mention of Stephanie Plum, the bounty hunter, being a huge fan of Janet Evanovich. I would like to know if Sariah’s last name of Brennan was a nod to Kathy Reich’s character Temperance Brennan or just a coincidence?
Overall, I would recommend “Guilty Knowledge” by Linda Griffin. It is short and to the point but kept my interest, nonetheless. This novel would be good to read on a plane or at the beach, or if you are looking for something on the lighter side, being only 209 pages. I look forward to Linda Griffin’s future novels.