Friday, July 31, 2020

Exit Strategy by Jen J. Danna

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Exit Strategy
by Jen J. Danna

ISBN-13: 9781496727886
Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Kensington Books
Released: July 28th 2020

Source: ebook review copy from the publisher through NetGalley.

Book Description, Modified from Goodreads:
After her mother’s death during a bank robbery when she was a child, Gemma Capello grew up to become one of the NYPD’s elite hostage negotiators. In a family of cops, there’s rarely a day when a Capello isn’t facing down some form of threat. Still, despite their unpredictable schedules, they always find time for their annual family summer picnic. But this year, a sudden phone call changes everything.

A heavily armed gunman has taken hostages at City Hall. Gemma races downtown to join the rest of the Hostage Negotiation Team as they scramble to identify the captives—fearing the mayor may be among them. They scramble for answers and struggle to gain control of the circumstances.

With several lives on the line and a criminal who always seems to be one step ahead, Gemma is the only one able to connect with the suspect. Soon, she finds herself engaging in a battle of wits while enduring a battle of egos in the command center. With time running out and a mastermind who has proven he’ll do whatever it takes to get what he wants, Gemma risks it all—her career and her life—in a last-ditch effort to save the hostages. Now, she needs to figure out how to save herself.

My Review:
Exit Strategy is a suspense novel. Gemma is a part of a NYPD hostage negotiator team and is called in when someone takes hostages in the mayor's office. The whole book was a negotiation between Gemma and this man as she tried to save every life. The first challenge was to identify who took the hostages, then they used this knowledge to better negotiate. The first half of the negotiation was about freeing as many hostages as possible. The second half was about capturing the man with as few casualties as possible.

The suspense was high throughout as Gemma negotiated with a man who primarily wanted revenge and so many lives were in danger. The characters were interesting, acted in realistic ways, and I cared about what happened to them. Gemma is an awesome character. She's very competent at her job and used the fact that men underestimate her against them. When making the final takedown, she called in family to pull in the backup she needed, so don't expect a romantic suspense.

There were no sex scenes. There was a fair amount of bad language. Overall, I'd recommend this exciting suspense novel.

If you've read this book, what do you think about it? I'd be honored if you wrote your own opinion of the book in the comments.

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