Friday, November 2, 2012

Bookshelf Friday - Full Disclosure by Dee Henderson

I am a HUGE Dee Henderson fan. Her O'Malley series still sits on my shelf today and I've reread them all at least three times--and I'm not typically one to rewatch or reread anything. So, you can imagine my excitement when I heard she FINALLY had a new book releasing this October. I'd waited years for this and marked my calendar.

Let me first give you a little blurb about Full Disclosure:

Ann Silver is a cop's cop. As the Midwest Homicide Investigator, she is called in to help local law enforcement on the worst of cases, looking for answers to murder. Hers is one of the region's most trusted investigative positions.

Paul Falcon is the FBI's top murder cop in the Midwest. If the victim carried a federal badge or had a security clearance, odds are good Paul and his team see the case file or work the murder.

Their lives intersect when Ann arrives to pass a case off her desk and onto his. A car wreck and a suspicious death offer a lead on a hired shooter he is tracking. Paul isn't expecting to meet someone, the kind that goes on the personal side of the ledger, but Ann Silver has his attention.

The better he gets to know her, the more Paul realizes her job barely scratches the surface of who she is. She knows spies and soldiers and U.S. Marshals, and has written books about them. She is friends with the former Vice President. People with good reason to be cautious about who they let into their lives deeply trust her. Paul wonders just what secrets Ann is keeping, until she shows him the John Doe Killer case file, and he starts to realize just who this lady he is falling in love with really is...

I finally got the chance to read (or more accurately, listen to) Full Disclosure this past week. And I'm still not fully sure what I thought of it. It's a very long book, and it's quite different than what I'm used to from Dee. And, honestly, that didn't bug me. The book is broken into different sections, though the story flows along nicely. Most of the time we are in Paul's point of view, yet that didn't bother me, either. Dee still writes a strong story full of depth and twists and turns that I truly love. So that wasn't the issue either. What I struggled with was the romantic portion of this book. It read like Paul and Ann were interviewing each other for the position of their spouse. I never really felt a connection between the two of them--and that was something I always thought Dee nailed.

The other small issues I had I cannot say here without spoiling portions of the book for you. One had to do with Ann's "hidden" profession, the other had to do with where Paul and Ann's love story ended up. Don't worry, there's a Happily Ever After for them involved.

All together, I'd give this book three stars because while I enjoyed it, I cannot say I loved it. Like I mentioned, Dee does a masterful job with deep story lines and suspense, and she definitely still delivers those things in Full Disclosure. I only hope to hear more of the romance woven back into her suspense in future books. That said, Dee remains one of my favorite authors, and I'll be watching for her next book to come out.

Have you ever read a Dee Henderson book? If so, what's been your favorite? The first three of the O'Malley series top the list for me.


  1. Great review, Susan. I like how you honestly shared the things you didn't care for in the book, but still pointed out its good qualities. I know it's always a challenge to write a review when you're not giving it 4 or 5 stars. At least for me anyway.

    I haven't read Dee's books yet, but I did win this one last week for my kindle. I think I have one other that I picked up as a freebie. I look forward to reading them, since I've heard great things about her work.

    Happy Friday! And thanks for stopping by my blog! It's always nice to see you. :-)

    I'll reply to you there, as well. :-)

    1. Yes, I struggle with that too. Yet I wanted to be honest with how I felt about it, and oh I struggled because I really wanted to LOVE this book. I've missed her books so much! I'm just glad she's back.

  2. I have read Dee's books. It has been a while though. I'm happy to hear she has a new one out. I'll have to pick-up a copy and compare notes with you. =)

    1. I'd love that Julia! Let me know if you do read it...and I'll see for Big Day;)

  3. I have been a Dee Henderson fan for quite a few years and I have reread her O'Malley and Uncommon Heroes series many times. My favorites are really all of them but if I had to choose I'd say The Truth Seeker, The Protector, and True Honor. That being said I was super excited about this book but I have yet to hear an extremely positive review and now I'm worried I won't like it. But I will read it anyway!

    1. You've got to read it, Abbi, just know it'll be a bit different than her others. And, like I said, I don't normally have issues when authors change things up a bit. Like when Lynette Eason left us with cliff hangers in this new series, I actually loved that change from her! But a few things in this book just didn't click for me. Still, she remains one of my favorites. And if I was pressed, The Truth Seeker is my all time favorite. And True Honor was my favorite from Uncommon Heroes series!

    2. I will read it! So cool that we have the same favs!