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Taking Control
by Kimberly Mullican

Book Synopsis

Kat Trueblood, genetically engineered medium and former CIA Agent, thought she had escaped the danger and drama of her previous life. She has a stable job as a paralegal, is dating her first girlfriend, and has plenty of time to spend with her best friend and guardian – a ghost named Grant.

In denial about missing the action of her former life, Kat’s thrust head first back into it when the Russian mafia – the same guys who raped and tortured her for two weeks during active duty – targets her and her family. The CIA forces her to choose between working with the FBI to catch a serial killer who is slaughtering area drag queens or leaving her family at risk.

Distracted by discovering Grant is in love with her and her girlfriend ending up on the suspect list, Kate finds herself as the hunted instead of the hunter. Captured by the killer, she must face her inner demons in order to survive and end the serial killer’s mayhem.

Bec's Rating

Bec's Review

Another crime story, with a supernatural edge and issues of sexuality. The serial killer in Taking Control targets drag queens. I shan’t go into the nature of the deaths, but let’s just say that this is not a book for the faint hearted or overly conservative as it has graphic violence and confronting scenes, as well as dealing heavily with notions of homosexuality. These things may upset some people so if one of those people is you then this is probably not for you.

If you haven’t already decided not to read this book based on the above facts then let me assure you that this is a well written story. The supernatural elements are not just a side plot or tacked on, they make up an integral part of the main character and the story itself. And the struggle the character goes though in trying to determine her own sexuality I am sure is one that is relatable to any, whether hetero, homosexual or even bisexual or curious. The story flows nicely and even has an interesting side plot, with clues dropped for that as well as the main crime.

The only flaw I could mention, beyond the graphic nature that may upset some is that, despite the fact the book is mostly in first perspective told by Kat there are times when this slips and the author refers to Kat as she rather than I, often in the same sentence as an I. But this is something that a simple edit will fix and will not detract from your enjoyment of this book. If you are not one to be scared away by the mature content of this book and enjoy the supernatural and a good crime story with an interesting serial killer then this is probably one for you and I hope you enjoy it like I did.

Disclaimer: Not Recommended for children due to violence and sex. This book contains some rather graphic violent scenes and homosexual references.