Occasionally someone will send me a review from a critic who really gets it, who understands Camaro Espinoza (link), and grasps exactly what this series is and what it’s about. Camaro is, admittedly, a tough pill to swallow sometimes, but that’s kind of the point, and if I can get past the expectations of readers who want female characters to be either bright and sunny and cheerful all day, or broken-down addicts who can’t convince anyone they witnessed a crime, then I feel like I’ve succeeded. Camaro is a challenge to women’s roles in action thrillers, not a capitulation.
Kristin Centorcelli at Criminal Element (link) has read all the Camaro books, it seems, and is absolutely on board with our heroine. While I’m not much for reviews in general, I do enjoy reading one which so perfectly nails what I’m getting at. It’s the sort of review that gives you hope for reviewers again.
I invite you to read the entire thing (link), but here are a couple of highlights.
If you like a heroine who can more than take care of herself (and just about everyone else) and literally takes no crap from anyone, then this is the book (and series) for you. The action is nonstop—this book virtually crackles with energy—and the body count is considerable, but it’s Camaro’s existential need to protect those who cannot protect themselves that is the real driving force. And she really is a force for good, even if she has to go to some dark places to achieve justice.
Camaro is a lean, mean, fighting machine and a woman of very few words. But that’s ok because she says plenty with her fists. It helps to have read the first two novels in this series, if only to get a better handle on what drives Camaro, but new readers shouldn’t be afraid to jump in here if they want.
Kristin absolutely made my day with this review, and thank you to the reader who sent it along.
Get your copy of Make Them Sorry, the latest Camaro Espinoza thriller, from your favorite bookseller. (link)