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Reviewed by Sherri Fulmer Moorer for Readers' Favorite
Alison Carter wished her mind didn't drift during her weekly video conference call that Thursday afternoon. It seemed like just another call hammering out issues with their one and only casino client, until his doorbell rang, followed by a scream and a gunshot. He got shot just off screen in the middle of the call. Alison, trying to do the right thing, calls the police to the scene. Her good intentions might have worked out when they found his dead body later, except for one small problem: he was shot with Alison's gun, which had recently gone missing. Soon, Alison goes from being the only witness to the primary suspect in a crime that may or may not be all that it seems. Never Go Back by Marla Bradeen takes readers on a thrilling ride over the two days following the tragic death and unravels the case of a murder that's more than it seems.
I enjoyed this novel because it's the kind of mystery I like: fast paced, with plenty of twists and turns over the course of the critical hours following a crime. Marla Bradeen does a great job of balancing the story between Alison and the detectives investigating the case. What happens in Vegas definitely doesn't stay in Vegas as this case unfolds to reveal the dirty underbelly of gambling and the casino industry. Never Go Back is a well written and well developed novel that takes readers on an exciting journey that starts and ends with a bang. If you're looking for a great story with good characters and an exciting setting, then this is the book for you.