VARIANCE: THE COUNTDOWN
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Rating: 4 Enchantments
Wynne Fredricks is a dispatcher for Chance City’s Police and Fire Departments. She’s handled kooky calls before, but one night, someone calls in under the guise of reporting a murder, and tells Wynne that someone has been killed, and to start counting down. A week later, another phone call and a dead gym manager with a number seven pinned on him turns up the heat. Wynne is placed into the protective custody of Brent Elliot.
While Wynne and Brent don’t get along, the sparks do fly, especially when body number six is found outside her work. When one of Wynne’s friends is kidnapped, she and her protectors form a plan that puts Wynne directly in front of the enemy.
Ms. McKay has put this story into a backdrop the reader can easily fall into, thereby making her world more believable. I was particularly amused by her description of George, who seems to embody every feline I’ve ever met.
While the plot was incredibly detailed and fast paced, I wished there was a little more information about Wynne as a person. There is little background and scenery information here, and it sticks out some.
Overall, Ms. McKay is an excellent writer who can suck you into her world and spin you topsy-turvy and set you right side up again so well that you’d swear it was all in your imagination. Or hers.