Friday, March 7, 2014

Reflection / Kim Cresswell

Reviewed by: Pete Barber

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Approximate word count: 75-80,000 words

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Kim Cresswell resides in Ontario, Canada. Trained as a legal assistant, Kim has been a story-teller all her life but took many detours including; working in legal and adult education. After becoming disabled with Fibromyalgia and Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome, Kim returned to her first love, writing.

Her debut thriller, Reflection, has won numerous awards. UP Authors Fiction Challenge Winner (2013), Silicon Valley's Romance Writers of America (RWA) "Gotcha!" Romantic Suspense Winner (2004) and an Honourable Mention in Calgary's (RWA) The Writer's Voice Contest (2006).

Lethal Journey (December 2013) was a finalist in From the Heart Romance Writers (FTHRW) Golden Gate Contest (2003).


Following a tip off, investigative journalist, Whitney Steel, goes looking for proof that a human child has been cloned and is being studied in a secret laboratory in Nevada. The story follows her attempts to save the child and imprison the billionaire owner of the cloning experiment.


Normally, I enjoy a fast paced thriller, but for various reasons I couldn’t get fully engaged in Reflection. Sure the pace was fast, but to my taste frenetically so. Crises came and went with such regularity and speed, that for me, the details and believability was often lost. Whitney was an okay character, but between the expected internal angst about whether she should or shouldn’t fall for, and trust, Blake (an hunky undercover FBI agent), and her paternal guilt over not being as good a journalist as her father had been, she seemed rather two dimensional.

The declared objective—to save the child--was never front and center, and the science was skimmed over.

The writing is clean and well fitted to the genre, and I was engaged enough to finish the story. I guess sometimes even a good book just doesn’t grab the reader. I think that may be the case with Reflection. It just didn’t fit my eye, but if you enjoy fast-paced suspenseful read with a smattering of sex, it may fit yours.


Some sexual situations beyond PG.

Format/Typo Issues:

Too few to mention.

Rating: *** Three stars

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