Double Take by Kendall Talbot: Review

August 25, 2015 Reviews 0 ★★★★★

I was provided with an advance reader copy by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Any and all opinions expressed in this review are mine alone. I received no financial incentives to review this book.

Double Take by Kendall Talbot: ReviewDouble Take by Kendall Talbot
Published by Escape Publishing on September 1, 2015
Genres: Action-Adventure Romance, Romantic Suspense
Pages: 242
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
A fresh, fast-paced cocktail of a heist, a good cause and some seriously unexpected consequences…

Jackson Rich is an unlucky man – he’s lost his job, his house and it looks like he’s going to lose the love of his life. To buy his terminally ill wife Candice more time, he’ll try just about anything. Including robbing a bank, on the one day of the year everything shuts down: Melbourne Cup day.

To do it, Jack has to call in a promise from his old gang. It’s been a long time since they were all together, but they would do anything for him – at least that’s what he’s banking on. Nothing could possibly go wrong. Until a couple of kids overhear Jack and his gang planning the robbery, that is.Even after thirty-odd years as a cop Detective Steel has never been presented with a scenario like this, but he has to act upon the tip-off he’s been given. Somewhere in Brisbane, sometime during the running of the 1992 Melbourne Cup, a bank is going to be robbed. But to catch the thieves, Steel must let the heist happen. He’s about to make the quickest bust in history.

What could go wrong?

I have been trying to start Double Take for a while now, but thanks to the fun of outside factors, I had never been able to do so. Now that the annual shenanigans of awesome that was the RWA 2015 Conference in Melbourne are behind me, I plonked myself down on my rocking chair and dived straight in.

That was at 9pm last night….Next thing I knew, it was almost 2am and I had finished. I just could not put it down, it was that good.

Here’s what I thought of Double Take:

If you have read Kendall’s other work, you will know the great talent she has for creating vibrant, sympathetic and entirely likable characters who aren’t who you’d expect. The cast of characters in Double Take are exactly that: bank robbers with altruistic intentions, dissatisfied business owners, and curious kids among them.

Our hero, anti-hero, protagonist….Jack’s love for his wife is steadfast and true, and I could always believe that there was the heart of a good man beating in him. His method of helping his wife survive may be slightly misguided – and entirely illegal, however we none of us know how we would act if faced with the hell that he and his wife had faced. It was easy to understand the motivation behind the heist, and the battle in Jack’s head between the right and wrong of his decisions rang true.

There are characters in this story that completely surprised me, and I will let you discover who they are. Needless to say, watching them develop and emerge as they did was fascinating.

Sometimes, switches in PoV can be a little jolting, particularly when there are more than two involved. Not in the case of Double Take! There are quite a few changes in voice, however each character is clear and unique, and I really had no trouble following the twists and turns of the story through the different points of view.

The glimpse back into the early 1990s was so much fun – Subzero, boom boxes, celebrating with Carrington Blush… memories lit the corners of my mind.

Double Take is engaging and beautifully paced, with perfect measures of tension, emotion, humour and drama. Well worth losing sleep to!

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