Deadly Seduction
Cate Noble
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Deadly Seduction
Cate Noble
352 pages
February 2010
rated 3 of 5 possible stars

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I could never quite get my teeth into Deadly Seduction. The background idea is interesting: an abducted CIA operative is being 'reprogrammed' to turn him into a killer, when he escapes. He has suffered so much torture and drug treatment that he's rather unstable, and psychiatrist Erin Houston is brought in to help this man, Max Duncan. The problem is that those responsible for Max's torture want him and his companion back - and people who Erin thinks are safe may be involved.

Deadly Seduction is part road trip, part overseas operation, part romance. The romance is probably far down the list in importance and feels rather like an afterthought. There was a great deal of potential in showing how Max overcomes his reprogramming, but somehow it never quite works. Numerous changes in point of view, sometimes into fairly minor characters, makes the narrative lose pace.

This is the second book in a series, but everything is explained for the reader starting with this one. I still found myself unable to get seriously gripped by the story, and felt the lack of characterization makes it feel rather unrealistic.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at Helen Hancox, 2010

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