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To Write A Wrong

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To Write A Wrong by Robin Caroll

Reviewed by Dale Lewis

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"Caroll solidly develops her creative cast of characters, which, at its best, draws readers into the story and makes it successful."

Armand Wilson sits in Angola State Penitentiary serving time for a crime he denies committing, while Simon Lancaster is up for parole. Crossing their paths for two very different reasons, Riley Baxter finds herself despising one and reaching out to the other.

She is a struggling reporter in desperate need of a decent story in order to save her job. Her random encounter with Armand's teenage daughter helps Riley identify with her own frustration and anger at the injustice of her parents’ death.

Returning from the first novel in the series, Rafe, Remington, Hayden, Ardy, and Emily are all dead center in the multiple storylines of To Write A Wrong. Hayden Simpson still mans the post of police commissioner in Hopewell, Louisiana. He takes his job seriously but has challenges at home with his mother, Ardy and sister, Emily who has bipolar disorder. He is a man of faith but is tainted from his past. With both his mom and sister lying and keeping secrets, he finds it difficult to trust women.

Hayden meets Rafe’s sister, Riley and decides to help in her journalistic investigation although his head and hands are occupied with another challenging case. Almost immediately, Hayden and Riley begin to hope a relationship will develop but need to resolve a few obstacles.

As Riley continues to pursue the job-saving story, Hayden begins to think the two cases may be connected. Together they will seek to uncover the truth of the past before someone silences her heartfelt story prior to it being finished.

The alternating action and lack of action dictate the pace of To Write A Wrong. Although I am all in on the romance aspect of this novel, I often found it distracting. I’d just begin to get moving with the suspense and action element, and then Caroll would return to the love story for a few chapters. I came dangerously close to experiencing brain freeze.

Caroll solidly develops her creative cast of characters, which, at its best, draws readers into the story and makes it successful. The need to forgive and move on in life provides a strong redemptive element for our protagonists. Carroll’s climatic conclusion will push you to the brink with twists and turns.

As was in the case of Injustice for All, you will not be disappointed in this newest Caroll thriller. The third in the series, Strand of Deception, will follow Rafe & Riley's sister, Maddie.

Dale Lewis now mans the front desk at the EFCA (The Evangelical Free Church of America) National Office in Minneapolis, MN. He was the graphic designer/pre-press production artist for over twelve years before being asked to step into this new role. Prior to that, he was the publications manager at his alma mater, Northwestern College in St. Paul, MN in the public relations office as well as the adviser to the college’s yearbook. He's a director/actor/writer for the Hope Church (Oakdale, MN) adult drama worship team and was the senior editor of the church newsletter. He's also written two collections of poetry, “Whispers of Assurance” and “On Life: Constant Communion Without Ceasing” as well as a devotional entitled “Eternal Education.” He and his family live in Oakdale, Minnesota.