I found The Alias fascinating. Not only did the plot take you on a roller coater ride with some pretty high loops but you really came to know the characters. Most of them were extremely likable and those that were meant to be the bad guys were very bad. The kind that you really want them to get what is coming to them.
The lead character, Jacey was pleasant, hard working, kind, trusting, and as decent as could possibly be, which made her perfect as the target for a no-good, bad mob guy with narcissistic tendencies with a propensity to abuse. Readers will applaud her strength and her deep searching inner resolve as she faces her life head on and takes matters in her own hands in order to create a world that is safe for she and her innocent son.
The book is well written. The descriptions, settings and scenes seem real. One can picture being in the room as the action unfolds.
The mother, Jacey, often called her nine year old son, and her friend good friend, Melissa, "babe." This seemed a bit odd. If I called any of my sons "babe," especially in front of any other human being, they would be mortified. I'm not too sure that many girls that are friends refer to each other as "babe."
Now, "babe" aside, the book was a page turner. The topic of wife abuse is serious, and yes, it was treated as such throughout the book. I appreciate how the main character realized she needed time to tackle much of what she had been through before she began a new relationship. This makes her a good, strong example of healing and growing and learning that each of us has the right to respect and even love.
This is one book that you will definitely cheer for the good guys and wish you could get your two cents in where the bad guys are concerned.
I look forward to reading more novels by Mandi Tucker Slack. In fact, her next book, TIDE EVER RISING, is on my reading list right now.
Links to everything Mandi Tucker Slack and her books:
MandiTucker Slack - Author of Romantic Suspense: The Alias, Tide Ever Rising