Sleight of Hand – Mark Henwick Review

Sleight of Hand (Bite Back, #1)For Amber Farrell, post-military life as a PI has its ups and downs: She’s been hit by a truck. She’s being sued by a client. Denver’s newest drug lord just put out a contract on her. The sinister Athanate want her to come in for a friendly chat. And it’s only Tuesday.

Enter Jennifer Kingslund: rich, gorgeous—a tough businesswoman who’s known for getting what she wants in the boardroom and the bedroom. Someone’s trying to sabotage her new resort and destroy her company—and she wants Amber to find out who.

The answers lead Amber past Were and Adepts, right back to the Athanate—and a centuries-old war that could threaten not just Denver, but the nation that Amber swore to protect and serve.

And all sides want to claim her for their own…

It’s really hard for me to get invested in new urban fantasy books these days. They use the typical clichés that exist in the urban fantasy genre and it turns me off. Those clichés exist in this novel as well, but it’s still strong and has great potential as a series.

Amber is a great heroine. She’s strong, smart, kicks ass on a daily basis, but knows that she’s not invincible and calls for backup. Even as a private investigator, she has strong ties to the police and the military she used to work for. In fact, I really enjoyed the relationships she had with law enforcement because it would have been expected of her to be a lone bad ass. I love her sarcastic quips, and I related to the way she handled things. She didn’t cower or cry, and she rarely became a victim of self-pity. However, I couldn’t connect with the military part of her.

The plot is well thought-out, but there were a lot of threads. There were so many aspects to focus on in Amber’s life that it became slightly too complicated and it was hard to keep everything in mind, especially since there were so many links. While I enjoyed learning about Amber’s relationship with her family and friends, there was sometimes a lot of information overload. Also, some of Amber’s baggage (the twin sister) came out of left field and was really unnecessary. However, the writing is good and the action scenes were enjoyable.

This was a great start to the series and I’d be interested in reading more from Mark Henwick.

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