It’s really hard to review a book that I don’t have a lot of feelings for. In my opinion, Duplicity by Jane Haseldine was just…okay. I was disappointed by it because it sounded like something I’d love. I love crime TV shows and I’m always down to read a good mystery.
Perhaps my disconnect with Duplicity is because I didn’t read the first Julia Gooden mystery. But I also didn’t feel like the writing did the story justice. Dialogue sometimes felt like it came out of nowhere in the story and I found myself wondering “who says these kind of things?” and “why are they saying this right now?” Jane Haseldine had a good idea for a story, but the execution of it left something to be desired.
Something my writing professors always told me was to “show, don’t tell.” They meant that they wanted me to show what was happening in the story and let the reader figure it out for themselves, instead of just telling them exactly what’s going on. It’s a difficult tight rope to walk because as an author, you know exactly what’s going to happen, but you have to keep it a secret until you absolutely have to reveal it.
I felt that Duplicity had too much exhibition in it and it sort of took the fun out of finding out who was responsible for the crimes that were committed in the novel. I wanted to find out along with Julia Gooden who was responsible for the bombing and how her husband was involved. Instead, there were some pages that told us exactly how he was involved, and then I was waiting for Julia to figure it out too. I just think that those pages were unnecessary for us to see.
All in all, Duplicity was a good story and if you love crime novels, then you’ll probably like this one.
• Hardcover: 352 pages
• Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation (March 28, 2017)
In Jane Haseldine’s new novel of riveting suspense, Detroit newspaper reporter Julia Gooden is up against the city’s most devious criminal—and her own painful past.
Julia Gooden knows how to juggle different lives. A successful crime reporter, she covers the grittiest stories in the city while raising her two young boys in the suburbs. But beneath that accomplished façade is another Julia, still consumed by a tragedy that unfolded thirty years ago when her nine-year-old brother disappeared without a trace.
Julia’s marriage, too, is a balancing act, as she tries to rekindle her relationship with her husband, Assistant District Attorney David Tanner, while maintaining professional boundaries. David is about to bring Nick Rossi to trial for crimes that include drug trafficking, illegal gambling, and bribery. But the story becomes much more urgent when a courthouse bomb claims several victims—including the prosecution’s key witness—and leaves David critically injured.
Though Julia is certain that Rossi orchestrated the attack, the case against him is collapsing, and his power and connections run high and wide. With the help of Detective Raymond Navarro of the Detroit PD, she starts following a trail of blackmail, payback, and political ambition, little imagining where it will lead. Julia has risked her career before, but this time innocent lives—including her children’s—hang in the balance, and justice may come too late to save what truly matters…
Praise for Duplicity
“Haseldine (The Last Time She Saw Him, 2016) uses her experience as a crime reporter to bring authenticity to this exciting and gritty tale.”—Kirkus Reviews
Praise for the first Julia Gooden Mystery, The Last Time She Saw Him
“A ferocious thriller….you can bet no one will stop reading.”– Booklist
“Journalist Jane Haseldine’s debut novel rings with authenticity as she, like Julia, is a former crime reporter. This is a harrowing read.”– BookPage
“A sharp, breathless thriller. From the opening scene to the last, The Last Time She Saw Him, kept me flipping the pages. I loved it! Jane Haseldine is one to watch!” —Lisa Jackson, #1 New York Times bestselling author
“Terrific! Suspenseful, poignant, and completely surprising. Jane Haseldine’s riveting story of love, danger, paranoia, and family is powerfully and emotionally authentic—and deserves a standing ovation.” —Hank Phillippi Ryan, Agatha, Anthony, and Mary Higgins Clark award-winning author
About Jane Haseldine
Jane Haseldine is a journalist, former crime reporter, columnist, newspaper editor, magazine writer, and deputy director of communications for a governor. Jane graduated from Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications with a degree in journalism. She resides in Southern California with her husband and two sons, but previously lived in Boston, San Francisco, New York, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Louisiana. You can find her at janehaseldine.com, Twitter, Goodreads, and Facebook.