Reviewed by Dee
TITLE: What Matter Wounds
SERIES: Claire Lance #5
AUTHOR: Geonn Cannon
PUBLISHER: Supposed Crimes
LENGTH: 229 Pages
RELEASE DATE: April 01, 2014
In the sequel to Chasing Dragons, Claire Lance’s road is coming to an end…
Lance and Jodie take to the road together, wandering through the southwest with no particular destination in mind. In the middle of the Nevada desert, they stumble across something neither of them can ignore and walk into the middle of a local sheriff’s private kingdom. Offended by the abuse of power the cops display, Lance takes it upon herself to take the sheriff out of power no matter what the cost.
Meanwhile unlikely forces from Lance’s past align, shedding new light on Elaine’s murder and Lance’s alibi. FBI Agent Faye Mallory takes it upon herself to tie everything together and, she hopes, put an end to Lance’s running for good. But with Lance facing one of her most brutal enemies to date, her luck may already be running out.
This story follows the recurring theme throughout the series; Claire, a woman on the run after being wrongfully accused of murder. She’s also a character who comes across trouble no matter where she goes. More accurately, she encounters other people in trouble, and due to her personality she is unable to simply turn her back on them and walk away.
So as her and Jodie make their way across the country hoping for a peaceful road trip, it turns out to be anything but, when they come across a dead body. As with the other books this story has plots running alongside each other, effortlessly.
The story is told in third person, mostly from Claire’s POV but also from Jodie’s, Doc’s and a few other recurring characters. Faye finally sees the error of her ways and makes an attempt to redeem herself.
I kind of figured there would be violence in this book, as Claire is a kickass heroine, but the violence in this one, more so when Claire is punched in the face and beaten by men, made me sick to the stomach.
I found a number of plot devices to be rather convenient, but hey it’s a fictional world, and they worked. The suspense toward the end built at a great pace, hurtling the reader to a climatic ending.
There are a few erotic scenes to sate the appetite, and not all of them between the main characters. I simply loved Claire and Jodie as a couple and couldn’t have asked for a better outcome.
I’ve really enjoyed this series, have recommended it to many others, and will continue to do so. However, to get the most out of each story, each book really should be read in order.