Shadow Girl by Gerry Schmitt

Shadow Girl

Gerry Schmitt

A taut and eerie thriller that reunites readers with Minneapolis police family liaison officer Afton Tangler.

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The brutal murder of a business tycoon leaves Afton Tangler and the Twin Cities reeling, but that’s just the beginning of a gruesome crime spree...
Leland Odin made his fortune launching a home shopping network, but his millions can’t save his life. On the list for a transplant, the ailing businessman sees all hope lost when the helicopter carrying his donor heart is shot out of the sky.
Now with two pilots dead and dozens injured, Afton Tangler, family liaison officer for the Minneapolis Police Department, is drawn into the case. As she and her partner investigate family members and business associates, whoever wants Leland dead strikes again—and succeeds—in a brazen hospital room attack.
The supposedly squeaky clean millionaire has crossed the wrong person—and she’s not finished exacting her revenge. The case explodes into an international conspiracy of unbridled greed and violence. And as Afton gets closer to unearthing the mastermind behind it, she gets closer to becoming collateral damage...

Advance Galley Reviews

This book started strong, with a helicopter crash, but it wasn’t all that exciting for me after that. I read the previous Afton Tangler book and really enjoyed it. I like the concept of the reader knowing who the “bad guy” was the whole time and the suspense coming from watching Afton and Max try to find them. That worked really well for me in the previous book but I just had trouble getting into this one. I think a big part of the problem is that the victim and his family were horrible people. I had trouble feeling sorry for the “grieving” family when they were a bunch of greedy jerks. I had a little more concern and sympathy for some of the smaller characters that were involved, but it wasn’t enough to make this exciting for me. I still enjoy Afton and Max as main characters and the writing style, but it didn’t keep me as engaged as the previous book in the series.

This is a great follow-up to another Afton Thriller. I read the first one and loved it and this was no disappointment. She still is not a detective but on her way to becoming one. This one starts out with a helicopter crash and everything spirals from there. Will she find the one responsible or end turning into a victim as well.

Shadow Girl (An Afton Tangler Thriller) A Good Story That Flies ByJBronder Book Reviewson August 1, 2017 Leland Odin has made his millions with a home shopping network. But money can’t buy everything, especially when you need a new heart. He is lucky enough to be a candidate but the helicopter carrying his heart is shot out of the sky and injures several people. Clearly someone doesn’t want Odin to get his heart. But the point is moot when someone sneaks into his hospital room and kills him. Someone wanted Odin dead and they don’t plan on stopping with just him. Afton is a family liaison between the police and the victims but she yearns to be a detective. When her and Max are close to the helicopter crash, they become first responders and begin investigating why the helicopter was shot down. But the killer is not about to stop, even after Odin’s death. Afton and Max work well together and you can tell that she could be a great detective. This was a good story. You do get the killers point of view so you kind of knew where this was going. And although not a break neck pace the story did fly. It’s a good story and I will definitely be checking out the first book, Little Girl Gone. I received Shadow Girl from Penguin Random House for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.

I was really looking forward to reading this book, but I really couldn't get into it. There was a lot going on in this story. It has an interesting plot, it just didn't keep my attention.

Due to some time constraints I was unable to finish this book. I was excited to read it because it's about an area of the country I'm familiar with and I thought that would help it intrigue me. I had a bit of a hard time getting into it, and following the plot line. It was well written though and descriptions were definitely able to help me imagine the scenes and characters.

This is an outstanding fast paced thriller. From beginning to end it was packed with action that drove the story line, making it a fast enjoyable read hard to put down. It is unnecessary to read the first book to enjoy and become involved in this one but it will make you want to if you have not. The book begins with a helicopter being blasted out of the sky of Minneapolis with a rocket on its way to the hospital with a transplant organ. I kept thinking what do you have to do to make someone so angry to blow up a chopper so you don't get a vital organ. As you follow the main characters a female hero trying to become a detective and her detective partner in their search for how and why . What kind of motive, business, revenge, a grudge or all of the above that would cause such an event. The details were vivid and the plot only gets better as the story becomes more involved and the characters develop. This is a well written action packed crime novel. It combines business international gang, drugs, murder and an assassin with a backstory that is as interesting as the rest of the story. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys, crime novels, thrillers, or just an action packed fast read

I received and advanced copy of Shadow Girl for free in exchange for my honest review. To be honest, I am a bit back and forth on whether or not I really liked the book overall. I did like the characters. Afton was an extremely strong female lead and Max made for a great male lead. The author spared no expense in creating the villains by making them the perfect combination of vicious and lethal. I did not realize that this book was the second in a series as it was easy to get to know the characters and follow along. The action was plentiful from page one but I don't think I would call this a thriller. This was more of a crime drama. I also don't agree with the name of the book. I am not sure what it had to do with the book at all. The only comment made about any type of shadow girl was one that Narong made to Hack when he made his case for going after Afton. Throughout the entire book I was struggling to figure out what the title had to do with the story. I didn't like the way the book ended but I knowing that this was the second book made it a little more clear. I figured it gave way to a third book. I would like to read the first book to gain a little more insight into the characters but overall I am happy with this book and the way it was written. Thank you for the opportunity and I look forward to reading more by this author.

In Gerry Schmitt's Shadow Girl, the second installment in the Afton Tangler thriller series, this thriller would grip you from page one and lead you on a wild ride. It all started with a helicopter crash that carried a donor heart from Leland Odin, the CEO and owner of the Diamond Shopping Network. That's when Afton Langler, a Liasion Officer, and her partner, Detective Max Montgomery were on the scene in Minneapolis. They started to pick up the pieces to this complicated puzzle as they learn about Leland's business and his home life. But before they could talk to him, Momma Chao Cherry had his throat cut, since he had something he had stolen from her. And now her henchmen would do anything to get it back to her home country of Thailand. For Afton, a single mother of two girls, she would do anything to make detective at the Minneapolis PD. Through this case, it's a dangerous cat and mouse game between them to stop them in the tracks, when they interview everybody involved in Leland's business dealings. And the closer the truth they realized who was behind it, it was up to them to stop it by putting their lives on the line. For Afton, it was personal, when they came after her family, as justice would be served. This was a terrific installment in the series. I couldn't put it down from start to finish. I instantly cared for Afton and her small family and how she wanted to make it big as a detective. I also enjoyed Max as well and the rest of the MPD crew. I did feel bad for Sunny and Terrell, when they were dealt with a tough blow. I did enjoy the scenic locations and vivid settings for Minneapolis throughout the novel. This novel would have you root for Afton and Max to fight the bad guys and solve the case with fast-pacd pace-turning non-stop action, drama, intrigue and suspense throughout this thriller.

This was a very interesting story. I loved the way the novel grabbed you at the very first with so much action in the first chapter. It just made me keep reading and wondering where it was going to end. However, once I got to the middle of the book, it started to drag a little. I had to see where it ended, so I finished the book. It was a solid storyline with entertaining characters.

I received an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review via First to Read. It was highly entertaining! Full of drama,greed,suspense,action and intrigue it has all the desired elements! I highly recommend this novel!

I stumbled on the first book I read involving Afton Tangler and loved it. And then to find this book by accident was a gift that kept giving. The twists and turns kept me from putting it down long after I should have called it a night. Hopefully this series will continue, as for me, I will be reading them all.

I wouldn't call the book a 'Thriller" it's better to be compared to what I like to call - Copper series. Series of books that follow cops. That is what it is! It is an easy breezy summer read. I think it would have been helpful to read the first book in the series, but not necessary. I would continue to read books in this series with these characters. It's a quick, easy read and just what you need sometimes.

Not my idea of a thriller. Just could not get into it.

This was my first book by Gerry Schmitt. Sadly, I do not think I will be reading anymore by this author. The story started out strong but as the book went on, it seemed to fall flat. I didn't find myself on the edge of my seat, which is usually how I am with thriller novels. It was an extremely disappointing book.

This book was my introduction to Afton Tangler. I liked her very much. This book is well written with nicely developed characters. The plot moves quickly and holds the attention of the reader. I look forward to spending more time with this series of books.

I picked this book because it was described as a thriller however I didn't feel like it qualified as a thriller at least not my kind of thriller. It was a decent book and the story line flowed pretty well, it just didn't hold my attention well. I felt like they could have done much more with the story.

Thank you first to read for this copy of Shadow Girl but I found it confusing to follow and though interested in the the plot found the presentation was lacking for me. The type of story line is my usual fare, unfortunately not this time.

I received a copy of this book for free in return for my honest review. I did not enjoy this book. . But it is a good police mystery case book. It started out with a thrill but didnt hold my interest.

I love the thriller genre, books by authors such as Meg Gardiner, Brad Thor, Ben Coes, John Sandford, Brian Freeman, etc. I don't think book is a thriller. I had trouble staying interested and it was a struggle to finish it. I liked the start of the book with a helicopter being shot down to prevent a patient from receiving a heart transplant but from that point forward I felt like the story dragged. And it is difficult to believe the only person in the police department that can come up with ways to investigate this is the family liaison officer. If you like the genre of the cozy mystery, then this might be the book for you, but if you are looking for something a little more involved and a little deeper, I'm afraid that like me, you won't be satisfied.

A story about drugs, good police work, and revenge. I won't read a book if it doesn't catch my interest in the first 50 pages. This book sucked me in right from the beginning and I didn't want to put it down. The characters were well-developed and the suspense and thrills were there too. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars.

I enjoyed reading Shadow Girl and found it a good summer thriller. There is plenty of fast-paced action and suspense. You know who the bad guys are pretty quickly and are just waiting for the motive to be revealed and for Afton and Max to put it all together. I enjoyed the tour of the Twin Cities and the well-developed main characters. I haven't read the first book, but there was no issue with just dropping in for book two, and it was easy enough to follow the back stories. The bad guys were sinister enough and the ending was satisfying. Overall, this was a quick and enjoyable read.

Book Rating: 3.5 stars. The second installment in Gerry Schmitt’s Afton Tangler Thriller series, Shadow Girl is an intriguing police procedural about a plot to murder a home shopping network mogul. Minneapolis Family Liaison Officer Afton Tangler and her partner Detective Max Montgomery are among the first on the scene of a horrific helicopter crash. They quickly learn the crash was no accident-someone deliberately shot the helo out of sky. The discovery the copter was delivering a donor heart for multi-millionaire Leland Odin raises some very interesting questions about why someone wants the executive dead. Their preliminary inquiries fails to offer a motive and before their investigation has the opportunity to gain speed, the killer’s second attempt on Leland’s life is successful. Max and Afton are soon embroiled in the hunt for the person responsible for Odin’s death but will they locate the murderer before he (or she) strikes again? Since Afton is hoping to eventually become a full-fledged detective, she is eager to help Max with the investigation. She often acts without thinking and in this case, she puts herself right in the path of danger during a suspect chase. Afton is given a lot of leeway as she assists Max but will her impulsivity and personal feelings cloud her judgment as they struggle to solve the case? With no motive for the murder or a viable suspect, Afton and Max are struggling to make any progress on the case when someone closely connected to Leland disappears. A lack of cooperation by family members and business associates impedes their investigation and they often rely on gut instinct to uncover information. Through hard work, determination and a few lucky breaks, Max and Afton are finally getting close to finding Odin’s killers but a motive for the crimes remains elusive. Since the reader is fully aware of who the bad guys are and what their next move is going to be, there is a distinct lack of tension as Shadow Girl slowly unfolds. Despite the initial lack of knowledge for the perpetrator’s somewhat nefarious and violent plot against Odin, it does not take much to deduce the suspect’s motive for the crime. In this newest addition to the Afton Tangler Thriller series, the lines between Afton’s position with the police force are very blurred since she acts more like a criminal investigator than a family liaison officer. It will be very interesting to see what Gerry Schmitt has planned for her in the future installments of the series.

Continuing the adventures of Minneapolis police family liaison officer Afton Tangler (from Little Girl Gone), Shadow Girl focuses on an extreme revenge plot targeted at millionaire home shopping network tycoon Leland Odin. After a helicopter carrying a heart transplant for Odin and killing the pilots, Odin ultimately is killed in the hospital. Amid many plot twists and turns, protagonist Tangler escapes collateral damage and ultimately hunts down the perpetrator. Stay tuned for the next Afton Tangler thriller

Fast paced, revenge filled action adventure. From the start an Asian woman and her hired hand with a rocket, explosions follow and an agenda for payback for stolen cartel drugs. Afton, a family liaison officer is caught up in the violence and trying to solve a millionaire's murder. Good, quick read and full of action. Although Afton's actions seemed reckless at times, considering her role.


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