Trading Lives – Review
by: Eric Stoffle
Published: November 12, 2016
JAMIE KELLY is a loner, but she’d be the first to tell you she isn’t lonely. Though confident, her social graces are often outmatched by her martial arts skill, which she owes to her mentor. Her favorite weapons are knives, she’d rather walk than drive, and superhero references irritate her, even if they are made in jest. Her dream is to follow in her father’s footsteps and become an Army Ranger.
When a friend appears to be in trouble, Jamie is there. But when her friend rebuffs her offer to help, Jamie digs even deeper until she inadvertently uncovers a mystery that began before she was born. What she finds are traded lives and buried secrets. What she learns is that nothing stays buried forever.
Life may not have been perfect before, but how will Jamie Kelly deal with the life-altering secrets in Trading Lives?
Trading Lives is an extremely well-written novel. The details put me right in the center of Boise (right next door to my hometown 😀 ) and sucked me into all the mystery and drama that Jamie deals with.
But I have mixed feelings about this book. At certain parts, I felt there was way too much information. Some of the things were explained, could have been left off the page. Especially since most readers will already know how things work.
Stoffle partly redeemed himself by creating such a strong character in Jamie. I knew she was going to be a tough lady, but damn. She ended up being better than I thought! And with that twist! I did not see that coming! I thought I had it figured out, but boy was I wrong!
Another thing I didn’t like was that there were so many different points of view. Y’all know my opinion about that. I do understand it was needed, but in many places, I felt it was overkill.
Overall, this was a pretty decent book. Knowing Stoffle has a background in law enforcement did make this story all the more believable. His words jumped off the page, and threw you head first into Jamie’s reality.
*I received a copy from the author for an honest review. Thank you!
- January 23, 2017
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