Damage Control, by Denise Hamilton, is a crime-based mystery with a twist. It doesn’t unravel under the skills of a police department or a detective’s office, but in the hands of a high-powered crisis consultation company.
Maggie Silver has been with the company for a mere two months when she is added to the group assigned to take care of a high profile crisis involving the Senator. She comes to find that she was chosen because of her past ties with Senator Paxton’s family; she was best friends with the Senator’s daughter in high school. As the story unfolds, it is Maggie’s troubled high school experience with her friend that brings the present crimes to light, and puts her own life in danger.
Hamilton shuffles Maggie’s past experiences into the present time story to give the reader glimpses of who the characters really are and how the past plays into their present situation. Hamilton also uses her own knowledge and passion for scents and perfumes (as a perfume columnist, herself) to lead Maggie through the damage control process and to connect many of the dots. The perfume twist can be interesting, although I found that it also came on a little too strong and could have been mentioned half as much with the same, or better, effect.
As a whole, Damage Control is rather cleverly done. Despite the action and tones of life endangerment, I do see it as geared more for a female audience than a universal one.
Check out Denise Hamilton’s guest post and learn more about her inspiration for the book
Alyssa is a wife and stay at home, homeschooling mother of five, with two boxers, two cats, a soft shelled turtle named after Bob the Builder, and 7 frogs (admittedly a homeschooling project gone froggy). In all her spare time, she loves to read and believes that there is no such thing as having too many books!
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