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Review: The Competition

September 25, 2014

The Competition

Prosecutor Rachel Knight and Detective Bailey Keller are assigned to handle a shooting at a local high school  It appears the killers left a lot of carnage in their wake before committing suicide.  Rachel and Bailey quickly begin to suspect that the killers actually managed to get away.  But who are they and how did they manage to escape?

I’ve been a fan of Marcia Clark‘s Rachel Knight series ever since I read the first book, Guilt by Association.  I think her latest addition to the series, The Competition, is the best one yet.  With a storyline that could have been snatched from the headlines, this book is disturbing and terrifying and I found it engrossing and gripping.  Even though the subject matter was tough to stomach at times, I couldn’t put the book down.

Clark’s writing is sharp, the story is fast paced, and the plot is well constructed.  There are lots of twists and turns that kept me guessing and the whole story felt plausible to me.  My stomach was in knots at times but I couldn’t stop reading.

Rachel Knight is such a terrific character.  She’s tough and determined but has enough flaws to keep her human.  She’ll stop at nothing to solve a case.  She’s exactly the kind of prosecutor you want on your side.  She and Bailey Keller are old friends and great partners and I wish they worked for my town.

The Competition is the fourth Rachel Knight book but it can easily be read as a stand alone. If you enjoy thrillers and/or mysteries full of suspense, you don’t want to miss this book!

Review copy provided by Mulholland Books.  I am an Indiebound Affiliate.


31 Comments leave one →
  1. September 25, 2014 6:51 am

    I haven’t read anything by this author, but this sounds like a good series.

  2. Beth F permalink
    September 25, 2014 7:04 am

    I can’t believe I haven’t gotten to this yet!

  3. September 25, 2014 7:13 am

    I haven’t read any of these books, but this sounds like a great one. The idea of the story is pretty intriguing.

  4. September 25, 2014 8:31 am

    I haven’t read anything by this author. Will be keeping an eye out for her books.

  5. September 25, 2014 9:02 am

    I have been wanting to read Marcia Clark’s books since the first one. Somehow they fell off my radar. I really must look for them and start reading. Thanks for the reminder and the recommendation.

  6. September 25, 2014 9:27 am

    Wow, that’s a rave review.

  7. September 25, 2014 9:29 am

    I will have to add her to the “someday I will read you” list in my head!

  8. Beth Hoffman permalink
    September 25, 2014 10:05 am

    I’ve not read any of Clark’s work. But if you like it, then I suspect I will too!

  9. September 25, 2014 10:24 am

    i haven’t read any of her work either. I don’t know why; she gets good reviews!

  10. Patty permalink
    September 25, 2014 10:49 am

    I haven’t wanted to read her books either…not sure why but I think I see her as a lawyer not an author!

  11. September 25, 2014 10:57 am

    I read and reviewed this and totally agree! Best one yet! Ms.Clark knows everything about what she writes about, but also makes the fictionalized plots engrossing to read.

  12. September 25, 2014 11:28 am

    The name does not tell me anything, I need to google the author 🙂

  13. September 25, 2014 12:09 pm

    Yay – good to hear you liked this one. I’m partway through it now and can’t wait to finish my current readalong book so I can get back to it. I was impressed with Clark’s writing talent when I read her first Rachel Knight book and that I’m still feeling the same way with the fourth book in the series is excellent.

  14. sandynawrot permalink
    September 25, 2014 12:10 pm

    I’m still a little intrigued that she has managed to turn writing into a new career for herself. I guess she must have plenty of material! One of these days I need to give her a try.

  15. September 25, 2014 12:17 pm

    I’m becoming such a thriller/suspense fan lately! I also am a sucker for a good series with a strong female lead. I’m thinking this series might just be something that I need to add to my ever growing list!

  16. September 25, 2014 1:12 pm

    Kathy, this sounds riveting! Your enthusiastic review is wonderful. I will keep an eye out for Rachel Knight novels.

  17. September 25, 2014 2:46 pm

    I really need to make this series a priority. I just know I’ll love it.

  18. September 25, 2014 3:38 pm

    this sounds good. Do you think it’s a quite close to home story?

  19. September 25, 2014 6:52 pm

    I love thriller/mysteries but haven’t read one lately. This sounds good!

  20. September 25, 2014 7:25 pm

    I’m going to read the first one in the series. Always nice to find a new author. Cheers

  21. September 25, 2014 10:06 pm

    I need to get started on this series!

  22. September 25, 2014 10:22 pm

    I really liked this one too. I came late to the series and had to quickly catch-up.

  23. jilllora permalink
    September 25, 2014 10:33 pm

    Marcia Clark as in OJ Simpson? That Marcia Clark?? I didn’t even know she was an author!

  24. bookingmama permalink
    September 26, 2014 7:48 am

    I loved this book but I sure was uncomfortable reading it!

  25. September 26, 2014 8:50 am

    I wasn’t too impressed with this book. I’d never ready anything by Clark, so I figured I’d give this one a go. While I found the topic relevant, I found the writing to be rather dated.

  26. September 26, 2014 11:45 am

    I’ve wondered about her fiction books. These sound better and better.

  27. September 26, 2014 10:50 pm

    I didn’t realize Marcia Clark was an author now either- way to reinvent yourself! This sounds like an intense read- intriguing!

  28. September 28, 2014 9:08 pm

    I’m not normally a fan of mystery/crime series, but the fact that it was written by Marcia Clark does intrigue me! The OJ trial was such a huge deal when I was in high school, I remember exactly where I was when they announced the verdict.

  29. September 29, 2014 10:30 pm

    I thought I had read one of her books but I guess not. They sound like good mystery/crime titles. Gripping and engrossing is a good recommendation. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  30. October 1, 2014 12:38 pm

    I’ve been reading this book off and on for a few weeks. I really like Marcia Clark’s writing but the subject matter is hard to handle at times. Good review Kathy.

  31. October 2, 2014 11:27 am

    ooooo I must get this one! sounds like just my kind of delicious read! thanks Kathy!

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