Scarlet Fever (A Johnny Delarosa Thriller Book 1) by David Stever – Review by Sarah Oakes

Scarlet Fever: A Crime ThrillerScarlet Fever: A Crime Thriller by David Stever
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A great read about crime. Johnny is an ex cop who still helps people out in bad situations. When an attractive young woman walks in with a strsnge demand and a large prize money, he can’t resist the job. But he soon realises that it is full of enemies and danger. Can he solve the mystery without getting hurt?
A great read. Well developed plot with twists and turns 33. Well developed characters like Johnny helping people and staying kind or Claire as mysterious but vulnerable underneath. Great cast of supporting characters like the feisty Katie or the supportive Mike.
I loved the visual detail throughout the novel like with the view over the city with its tall buildings beautiful under the sky Or the parking lot scene full of life and colour and people wonderfully written. Or the ocean palms and its room with a beach feel with greens and blues with comfortable furniture so vivid its as if you’re actually there.
The use of suspense was done well, with a mystery and details revolved slowly to keep you reading to find out what happened.
The main issue I would raise is that there were many long sentences at the start. These made it hard to get into the novel and which could have been resolved by a variety of sentence lengths to keep the reader engaged. High stakes and fast paced action made for a captivating read. Overall, a great read and I would give it four stars.

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