Review: Jex Malone

Jex Malone
Jex Malone by C.L. Gaber
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A famous case. A missing girl. If they find her, will they be heroes? Or dead?

Bored out of her mind during a summer with her police detective father in Las Vegas, Jessica (aka “Jex”) Malone starts doing what she does best–snooping. When she meets three new friends who share her passion for crime, from the geek to the fashionista, suddenly, the stifling desert days don’t seem so long.

Her dad is never around, just like when her parents were married. But Jex’s crew, the Drew-Ids, take the pledge of eternal secrecy and then get down to the good stuff–digging through the cold-case files in Dad’s home office.

One of them, the thirteen-year-old case of Patty Matthews, is still a mystery. Finding Patty, who vanished into thin air, became such an obsession for Jex’s father that it destroyed the Malones’ marriage. So not only is this a big deal, it’s personal.

Jex is determined to find out what really happened, and her excitement is contagious. Soon her friends are all on board and so is the missing girl’s brother, the hunky Cooper Matthews.

But as they dig up more and more troubling information–more than the cops ever did–they also get the clear message that someone out there wants to prevent the truth from coming out. That somebody is also prepared to do anything, absolutely anything, to prevent it.

Jex isn’t afraid; after all, she’s a cop’s daughter. But maybe she should be.

Okay, so this one is going to be short since I wasn’t much impressed with it. It started off well, the main character was quirky and humorous and there was that cute girl-spy-club thing going on, but as the book wore on, I was looking for that mystery spark and honestly I was let down when even halfway through the book nothing significant had happened. The so-called club had only one actually doing the sleuthing and most of it was just filler conversation. They chase down flimsy clues, make horribly wrong assumptions from incomplete evidence and with the predictability of the storyline, it doesn’t make for a good mystery novel, see? There was no sense of danger, even during the supposedly tense part. The writing was, however, okay and on basis of humor alone, it is quite good. The girls are a hoot and the romance between Cooper and Jex was cute but nothing to be joyous about. Read if you want something light and fun-filled but not hardcore into mystery.

Received an ARC through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

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