"So, like the Japanese human experiments in Manchuria, you think of people as 'logs." They justified their torture in the name of war. __________," - she looked at him - "you probably justify your actions in the name of national security. And you, _________________," she stared at him - "you were willing to kill me to protect your pride and reputation." She waved her hand at all of them. "Ultimately, no matter how you justify it, at your core, all of you simply like killing people."
I go through spurts with my reading where I fly through mysteries and thrillers, switch to nonfiction,
spend way too much time on social media, or just read daily shorties. Formula of Deception
came my way, and I was asked to review it so what the heck...let’s do it.
Murphy Anderson is a likable new heroin for me...and I'd read another book with her at the helm if Parks
decides to continue this series. Murphy is flawed, physically and psychologically, but a survivor like no
other I've read in a while. Even after losing everything, literally everything, and the circumstances around
which those losses occur, not even knowing where she would sleep some nights, she still keeps clawing.
The ending isn't neat; it certainly shouldn't be. I was surprised, totally caught off guard by one major shift
there...but it worked...and I'm still thinking about it.
I got a little tired of everybody thinking Murphy was a kid...of course she did too.
Murphy's sister in her ear...this is a characteristic that works itself out in the end, but it got on my
nerves a little before the end - I feel like I've just recently read something that uses the same strategy?
I would have enjoyed a deeper insight of Murphy’s mind...but that’s just me.
I'm all about psychological stuff!
Maybe Parks can go there in the next book :)