Janet Evanovich, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Stephanie Plum series, teams up with Emmy-winning writer Phoef Sutton for a brand-new series of thrillers featuring the invincible and incompatible pairing of Knight and Moon.
Emerson Knight is introverted, eccentric, and has little to no sense of social etiquette. Good thing he’s also brilliant, rich, and (some people might say) handsome, or he’d probably be homeless.
Riley Moon has just graduated from Harvard Business and Harvard Law.
Her aggressive Texas spitfire attitude has helped her land her dream job as a junior analyst with mega-bank Blane-Grunwald. At least Riley Moon thought it was her dream job, until she is given her first assignment: babysitting Emerson Knight.
What starts off as an inquiry about missing bank funds in the Knight account leads to inquiries about a missing man, missing gold, and a life-and-death race across the country.
Through the streets of Washington, D.C., and down into the underground vault of the Federal Reserve in New York City, an evil plan is exposed.
A plan so sinister that only a megalomaniac could think it up, and only the unlikely duo of the irrepressibly charming Emerson Knight and the tenacious Riley Moon can stop it.
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published: August 16th 2016 by Bantam Dell
Four stars: A thrilling, edge of your seat adventure with entertaining and eccentric characters.
Riley Moon a recent graduate from Harvard Business and Law school, just landed her dream job at the the Blane-Grunwald bank in Washington D.C. She has only been on the job for a couple of weeks when she is given an assignment to visit one of the bank's wealthiest clients to reassure him that his investments are in good hands. When Riley meets Emerson Knight, she is convinced he is a nut job. When he insists on seeing his gold, he drags her to the bank with him, where he learns that one of the bank's top executives and Riley's mentor is missing. Emerson decides to track down the missing Grunwald, taking Riley with him. The two uncover some dark secrets, involving missing gold and murder. Will they learn the truth or die trying?
What I Liked:
- Believe it or not, this is my first Evanovich book. I know, gasp. So I have no frame of reference going into this one. I found Curious Minds to be a quick, fast paced, entertaining adventure with suspense, danger, action and a thrilling conclusion. If you are like me and haven't read this author before, or if you are a veteran, this is a fun book to try.
- What made this book shine were the two main characters: Riley Moon and Emerson Knight. Riley is smart, resourceful and hesitant, but she is also competent and knowledgable, even when it comes to cars. Emerson Knight is the epitome of eccentric. He is wealthy, incredibly smart and extremely crafty. He doesn't miss a detail, and he is quick to unravel the mystery. I loved getting to know these characters, and I enjoyed watching them learn to work together. I had a lot of fun with these two.
- The overall mystery is solid, and I liked that it was realistic. There is conspiracy, theft and cover up, and of course, murder.
- I liked the fast pace of the book. It was a quick read, and once the action starts, it doesn't stop.
- The ending is satisfactory. No loose ends or cliffhangers. All the major plot lines are tied off, a complete book. I am eager to see what comes next in the series.
And The Not So Much:
- I struggled with the villains. First, I didn't like that the bad guys were revealed right off, so there was no guessing as to who was behind the crimes. Second, they felt stereotypical, and I felt like there was nothing unique about them. They were a disappointment compared to Riley and Emerson.
- I didn't like the transitions. This is a book where the point of view shifted from paragraph to paragraph, and I thought it made the read choppy. I also didn't like the view point from the bad guys, it took away from the suspense.
- For the most part, I thought the mystery was realistic until the ending, and then it got to be a little much, especially when it came to Nevada and the big confrontation with the bad guys at the end.
- I was disappointed that there wasn't any romance. The pieces are in place for a potential relationship, but I have a feeling it is going to take its sweet time to develop.
Curious Minds is an exciting adventure that introduce two fun and interesting main characters. I enjoyed the mystery and the characters, but I was disappointed in the cartoonish villains. Still for my first Evanovich outing, this was a solid read, and I will be reading the next installment and checking out other books by this author.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own, and I was not compensated for this review.