Book Review: About A Girl by Riley McKissack

About A Girl by Riley McKissack

Men of the Badge series (Book 7)

February 5, 2015

Mystery, Thriller, & Suspense/Women Sleuths



Men of the Badge continues in the small town of Chance. The Men of the Badge books are part of a series but they can be read in any order because they are stand-alone books. Family drama comes to the forefront in About a Girl. But, as in all of Riley McKissack’s books, suspense plays a part. When Lindy Thompson returns to the county in which she grew up, she faces ghosts of an emotional nature, as well as physical threats. Lindy’s little niece, Sara, turns up, without a mother or father. A small child alone in the world faces grave threat. Lindy and Tucker Randall, the local district attorney, join together to protect the child. Then, it becomes all about a small girl. The dangers she faces and what they must do to ensure her safety and provide her with a loving family. Sexual attraction burns bright between our tortured heroine and her small-town hero.





Reviewed May 4, 2015

It’s Lindy’s chance to pay her sister back for protecting her for all those early years. It’s Tucker’s chance at redemption for not stepping in back in high school. They both are living with regret and guilt over something they didn’t do but believe they should have. The characters are well developed. It has a dark theme (child abuse/molestation) but it’s done gracefully and not a turn off. This is a page-turner, suspenseful novel. The little girl Sara is a breath of fresh air. The budding romance between the two main characters is sweet. This is the seventh book that I’ve ready by Ms. McKissack and I continue to enjoy her writing and look forward to her new releases.


Riley McKissack has worked for many years as a journalist. Cornered gunmen, cop killers, a bomb going off in a domestic terrorism incident, Riley has covered it all. Riley has spent years chasing stories involving every type of bad guy and cop imaginable, including FBI, Homeland Security, homicide detectives and arson investigators. Riley sponged up the drama, tension and danger on SWAT operations, hostage negotiations, drug busts and countless other dangerous situations. That passion and drama spills out onto the pages of Riley’s novels, along with the personal stories behind the men and women who stand between danger and the people they love.





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