Wednesday, March 13, 2019

#BookReview – “Finding Euphoria” by C. Becker


Hailey Langley refuses to be a victim and has moved on from her traumatic past. But her marriage problems worsen when a deadly illicit drug threatens to draw her into the life she left behind.

Mark Langley has allowed his job to interfere with his marriage, but he never suspected the secrets in Hailey's past might hold the key to solving both of his current investigations.

Together, they must unravel the mystery of the drug called Euphoria and find a way to save not only their marriage, but countless lives, before it's too late.


Hailey Robinson certainly knows how to keep secrets. After surviving a traumatic, brutal kidnapping as a teenager, she joined the SCA (Special Crimes Agency, a very top-secret government sector) as a spy to combat terrorism. After a mission goes wrong, she resigns from the agency, attends college, and does her best to get her life back together. There she meets Mark Langley, a fellow student, and they fall in love. Fast-forward fourteen years… Hailey and Mark are married with two kids, but his busy job as an agent with the DTA (Drug Trafficking Agency) keeps him away from home and is causing problems in their marriage. Hailey is now a housewife with a multitude of secrets, which is also driving a wedge between her and Mark. After a new dangerous drug hits the street and someone Hailey loves falls victim, she makes a choice that sends her life spiraling out of control.
Wow! What an amazing book. I’m normally a romance reader, but this thriller kept my attention from the first page. Hailey was such a strong, independent, highly intelligent woman, but wowza, she kept a lot of secrets from her husband! Mark was super stressed about his job, and the reader can feel his frustration from being trapped in between his caseloads and spending time with his family.
There are several characters, as well as multiple subplots told from both the good guys’ and the bad guys’ POV. Almost all of the characters were connected in some way, but these coincidences made sense and rounded out the plotlines, bringing everything full circle.
The story is pretty long (about 4500% on my Kindle) with a lot of description and detailed scientific information. Some of the science lingo/explanations confused me, but I understood most of it without getting lost. The narrative is written in third person and through multiple POVs with proper scene breaks. I’m always grateful to read a book where there’s no head-hopping!
I don’t know if Ms. Becker plans to write more books set in this universe, but I hope she does. Most of the loose ends were tied up, but I want to know more about Hailey’s sexy friend, Parker. The poor man deserves a happy ending after all the pain and loss he’s been through.
I definitely like Ms. Becker’s writing style and would love to read more of her work. Make sure you have some tissues handy when you read this book!
5 Stars

Disclaimer – I volunteered to read and review this book. Thank you, C. Becker, for sending me an ebook copy. I am not paid or compensated in any way, shape, or form for this review. I will not change or alter this review for any reason unless at my discretion.

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