Review: Tainted by Brooke Morgan

19 Jan

Tainted by Brooke MorganTainted by Brooke Morgan

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

From the TLC Book Tours site:

Holly Barrett first saw Jack Dane early one morning—tall, tan, and so heartbreakingly handsome he took her breath away. He also seemed like the last person to disrupt her quiet, uneventful days with her sensitive daughter, Katy. But the charming, enigmatic Englishman has blown into her small Cape Cod town like a brisk summer wind off the bay.

He sweeps Holly off her feet, and is soon touching the lives of everyone she deeply cares about. But is Jack the considerate, concerned gentleman he appears to be—or is there a very different creature lurking below the surface? Has a monster entered her life . . . and how far will Holly have to go to save the person she loves more than anyone else in the world?

I found Tainted an utterly engrossing book, heavy on the suspense and creepiness. While I was reading, I was completely drawn in by the characters and their actions.

I think this is a testament to the quality of the writing, which I never found obtrusive (this is probably how I’d define what I like in a writing style– effectively captures my attention while never forcing me to pay attention to the actual words).

When I stopped reading, I found myself questioning the story. Did I find Holly realistic in her reactions to the events that unfolded? (yes) Was I convinced by Jack? (that answer kept changing over the course of the book, I’m still not certain now I’m finished with the book).

These characters stayed with me, as did the secondary characters of Katy (the daughter, occasionally in danger of being more of a plot device than a person, but whose personality does come through), Henry (Holly’s grandfather and support system, a crotchety but loving father figure), Anna (Holly’s childhood best friend) and Billy (the deadbeat dad).

I liked how the book was primarily told from Holly’s point of view, but we’d get chapters that were glimpses inside other heads.

I want to give this book a Warning: Child in Jeopardy label; since I know several people that would not want to read Tainted due to that aspect of the story. I found it disturbing, but that didn’t stop me from liking the book.

TLC Book ToursI read Tainted as part of a TLC Book Tours tour. Thank you to Trish for the opportunity to read this book and to participate in this tour. Tainted will also be visiting:


Posted by on January 19, 2010 in books, reviews, tour


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10 responses to “Review: Tainted by Brooke Morgan

  1. thekoolaidmom

    January 19, 2010 at 6:03 am

    Looks like an interesting book. I’m not one put off by the “Child in Jeopardy” warning, but am in fact usually drawn to those type of stories. Is that bad of me? The only book I ever put down like that was one where the mom had Munchausen’s by proxy and was killing her kids. And I probably couldn’t take a Susan Smith memoir. Ugh.

  2. Marce

    January 19, 2010 at 10:05 am

    What a great review I so want to read this and i’m like koolaidmom, your warning made me want to read it more as I enjoy those kind of stories.

    4 1/2 stars WOW I’m sold.

  3. trish

    January 19, 2010 at 5:48 pm

    Your review has made me really want to read this book! I was interested before, but now I’m positively salivating! LOL. I’m glad you were on this tour! Fantastic review. 🙂

  4. bermudaonion

    January 24, 2010 at 1:42 pm

    That sounds like quite a page turner!

  5. sagustocox

    January 25, 2010 at 6:10 am

    great review. I enjoyed this book, though Holly drove me a bit nuts!

  6. Bookjourney

    January 25, 2010 at 8:27 pm

    Sounds interesting! I havent heard of this one.

  7. mari

    February 4, 2010 at 10:31 am

    I am bringing this book with me on a trip this weekend – I can’t wait to read it.

    Glad you liked it!


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