Review: A Necessary Evil by Christina Kaye


In 1977, blood-brothers Frankie Cartwright and Kurt Jamison were inseparable. But when a shocking event touched someone they both loved, the boys handled the trauma differently… Kurt became a cop. Frankie grew up to be a notorious crime lord. Forty years later, when Frankie’s teenage granddaughter Mollie is kidnapped and Kurt is assigned to her case, the former best friends are forced to work together. However, Kurt wants to conduct the investigation within the confines of the legal system, while Frankie would rather use his less-than-legal resources to find her—and punish her abductor. With the cloud of a dark secret casting a shadow over each man’s endeavor to find Mollie, Kurt and Frankie exhaust every resource at their disposal in an effort to save her and serve up their own individual brand of justice.

~~Book Links~~

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~~My Review~~

This is the first book of Christina’s that I have read. I’m sure it won’t be the last.

A Necessary Evil is the story surrounding the once friendship between 2 men on opposite sides of the law… Kurt Jamison; a detective & Frankie Cartwright; a crime lord.

When these two were younger they were best friends, blood brothers in fact. But then events happened & their friendship was torn apart.Frankie now turns to Kurt for help in finding his granddaughter, Mollie, who has gone missing.

Frankie’s request doesn’t exactly go as he would have liked though. Both men end up searching for Mollie. Kurt wants to find Mollie and her kidnapper the legal way, whilst Frankie wants to track them down and get revenge on whoever took her.

The race is on to see who will find Mollie first, or even if they will find her before it’s too late!

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The abduction happens right at the start then we receive information from each of the characters as the chapters continue. Each character tells their own thoughts surrounding the current events as well as history too. The majority of the history is from & surrounding Frankie & Kurt, it doesn’t take long to realise why this information is so important.

I really liked how Christina has written a jigsaw puzzle, the information that each character gives are the puzzle pieces. The more you read the more pieces you collect. I found that I started to try & put the pieces together before I had them all… So just when I thought I’d worked out what was going on & what I thought was about to happen… WHAM!! It was all turned on its head.

The characters work extremely well together, the multiple POV really do work in this book, they help to give each character more depth as we can understand each one’s thoughts & feelings surrounding the events. The chapters are clearly labelled with a character name so we know exactly whos POV we’re reading.

Christina’s writing style is really good. It’s very informative but still manages to be suspenseful, keeping you guessing & turning the pages. The plot is good, Christina has taken a simple abduction plot and woven twists & turns into it to make her own.

I have enjoyed reading A Necessary Evil & I’m looking forward to reading more by this author.

~~About The Author~~

Christina Kaye was raised in suburban Central Kentucky in a family full of right-brainers. With a photographer/artist for a grandfather and an author/illustrator for a mother, she was bound to turn out on the creative side of the spectrum. She honed her writing skills in school, winning awards for her essays and short stories. Christina tried her hand at about every sport imaginable, which only went to prove that her efforts were better spent in other creative outlets such as art, singing, and writing. But it was writing that really stuck with her and she spent the next several years trying her hand at writing fiction novels, just for the fun of it.

She took a break for a while and focused on putting herself through paralegal school while raising two amazing Irish twin girls. She quickly learned that being a certified paralegal was the best career choice she could have made. On top of all of the cool cases she has worked on over the years, she was able to write original legal documents autonomously. When a national magazine for attorneys approached her in 2013 to write a short story for them about the life of a paralegal, she jumped on the opportunity. When the article was published and garnered her some amazing feedback, she realized how much she missed creative writing. She sat down and wrote her very first full-length fiction novel that year and hasn’t stopped writing since.

Her first published novel, LIKE FATHER, LIKE DAUGHTER (written under her former name, Christina Morgan), was named Suspense Finalist for the 2017 Indie Excellence Awards.

She loves reading (all genres except sci-fi), folk music, caramel macchiatos, puppies, thunderstorms, antique jewelry, dragonflies, the color purple (not the movie), and sweet tea.

Christina Kaye lives in Nicholasville, Kentucky with her two teenage daughters.

~~Places To Find The Author~~

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