Conflict of Interest – Jae

Conflict of InterestWhen a chance encounter at a law enforcement seminar brings detective Aiden Carlisle and psychologist Dawn Kinsley into contact neither have any idea of how closely linked their futures will be.

Dawn comes from a long line of Irish cops so she is well aware of the demands and pressures placed upon them, but she steers away from getting involved with any more of them. Aiden works with the Sexual Assault Detail and faces vicious crimes as part of her everyday life, but like all cops she has issues with shrinks and talking things out. Both women have a pile of baggage about relationships that makes their initial flicker of interest in each other unlikely to have a future.

Neither woman would have wished for the circumstances that bring them back into contact. But fate can sometimes turn a brutal crime into the beginning of something better.

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This is a new edition of Jae’s first novel. Despite being a huge fan of her work I had somehow missed this amazing story – so am extremely glad to have seen it listed in the new releases.

Jae once again tells a masterful tale. This time it’s a crime thriller with a heavy dose of romance on the side. As always she weaves the most amazing fabric out of the minutiae of everyday life. While at times the subject matter of rape, violence and abuse are hard to read, the underlying theme of the book is one of gentle nurturing and loving kindness.

At over 400 pages the central event of the novel takes up a small slice of space. It is the aftermath of the crime that keeps us occupied. While the action follows the investigation and courtroom drama the real story is all about how rape impacts the lives of the women attacked, their family, friends and the children of rape victims.

The central characters and supporting cast are wonderfully drawn. Their fears, hopes, love and laughter draws us in until we are sitting at the Christmas table surrounded by people we know and love. Jae has a knack of showing us the huge depth of compassion we can show each other and which redeems the evil effects of rape and violence. Her characters always grow and so while we watch fascinated they transform before our eyes.

Despite the dark subjects dealt with by both Aiden and Dawn’s jobs the relationship we see developing between them is joyful to observe. The growth of mutual respect and understanding, breaking through old scars and new fears alike, gives us hope that we can all escape our own baggage and grow. That we could all find a partner who balances us and nurtures our growth the way Jae’s heroines do.

Jae - biogThe sequel – “Next of Kin” – is currently out of print and is due to be rereleased as a new edition in 2015. I can’t wait to see how all the threads will be carried forward as the lives of the Kinsley family, the police department and the DA’s office develop. The only upside of having to wait a year is that it will give me an
excuse to reread “Conflict of Interest” again.

(publisher review copy received)

Product info:

  • Paperback: 265 pages
  • First published 2010
  • Publisher: Ylva Publishing; revised second edition
    (April 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00JEX778W
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