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LaCour's Destiny - Robert Downs

We start with Samantha (Sam) on a hopeful date — hopeful that he will not be like the rest.  Things seemed promising at first but, alas, he ultimately makes the same inappropriate moves as most of her other first dates.  But, so much for men.  When her co-worker goes missing, she places her entire focus into finding out where Dana Wilson disappeared to.  Dana’s boss made it seem like Dana was just on extended leave, but things started not to add up for Sam.  They say ‘follow the money’.  With Sam’s background into accounting, that’s precisely where she starts.  She also engages Ben, a policeman, who remembers Sam from their school days.  The deeper she digs, the more trouble and the more danger she gets herself into.

This first person account works against this story as Sam is wordy and steers the conversation within the novel in various directions.  I liked that she was portrayed as a very determined individual; once she gets something on her mind, she will follow it through to the end.  I find myself left with a few questions about Sam, like why would she have lock pics and how she was able to obtain private information about people.  I did enjoy the several twists captured within the story.  The progression felt stilted at times.  Overall rating: 3 out of 5.