“Reason to Doubt” by Nancy Cole Silverman is book five in the “Carol Childs Mystery” series. The main characters continue from previous books, and background information is integrated seamlessly into the current storyline, so it is not necessary to have read the other books to enjoy this one.
Carol Childs is a radio reporter in Los Angeles. Her daughter Cate has a new boyfriend, Pete, an ambitious fashion photographer. In a plot so current that it could be in today’s newspaper, police are diligently searching for “The Model Slayer” a photographer responsible for the deaths of three young women, and they thing they have found the murderer, Pete. Child’s personal life collides with her professional career. Her relationship with her daughter deteriorates, and her job as an investigative reporter leads her to critical information about the crime.
Silverman’s pacing is appropriate, and the plot moves along nicely without getting bogged down. The characters are believable and multi-dimensional. They are real people with real jobs and real problems. The situations accurately reflect real life struggles and conflicts. (Certainly many parents have been surprised when a child suddenly introduces that special friend.)
The strength of the Carol Childs series is that each novel deals with an intricate social problem, and the result is a novel rich in complexity and moral challenges. In this book Childs, an investigative reporter, must balance her professional responsibility to protect the confidentiality of a source against a moral obligation to reveal information that will assist the police in solving the terrible murders, The consequence of that decision, either way, is something “real-life” reporters face constantly.
I received a copy of “Reason to Doubt” from Nancy Cole Silverman, Henery Press, and Edelweiss. “Reason to Doubt” is an easy to read book containing both mystery and murder. It has sufficient suspense and tension to keep readers turning the pages without too much blood and gore. It is entertaining, thought provoking, and satisfying at the end. The previous books are just as enjoyable, so if this is your first in the Carol Childs series, there are four more great books to read.