Speak of the Devil by Allison Leotta
Narrator: Tavia Gilbert
Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
Date Read: 2014
Genre: Legal Thriller, Thriller
SPEAK OF THE DEVIL—AND HE WILL APPEAR
On the very night she gets engaged to the man she loves, sex-crimes prosecutor Anna Curtis’s professional life takes a shocking turn that threatens everything she holds dear.
While Anna is enjoying a romantic dinner capped off by a marriage proposal, a few miles away two separate groups are gearing up to raid a brothel. A vicious killer known as Diablo—the Devil—leads one group. A few minutes later, Anna’s own investigative team heads in to search the brothel, as part of the fight against human trafficking in D.C. Both groups are caught off guard, with deadly results.
As Anna investigates the bloody face-off, the boundaries between her work and home life begin to blur. Though eager to focus on her new fiancé, the chief homicide prosecutor Jack Bailey, and her soon-to-be stepdaughter, Olivia, this case and the search for Diablo are never far from her mind.
When Anna discovers a web of long-buried secrets and official lies leading straight to her doorstep, the truth about this case threatens to rob her of the happiness she seemed so close to securing. And everything Anna counted on becomes a question mark as Diablo moves in for yet another kill.
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio, Simon and Schuster
Series: Anna Curtis #3
Listened for Review (Simon & Schuster Audio)
Tracking Books Read Review (Short)
Overall Rating: 3.00
Story Rating: 3.50
Character Rating: 2.50
Audio Rating: 4.00 (not part of the overall rating)
First Thought when Finished: Speak of the Devil had a super strong case but it was weighed down by overly dramatic relationship things.
Overall Thoughts: I am going to admit that I am not a fan of super messy relationship drama in my thrillers unless it is the reason that certain things are happening. In this case, the drama was distracting for me. The twist should have either happened earlier or better yet the beginning shouldn’t have happened. The case was very good, the extra layer of angst was not needed. I did enjoy the tracking down of clues, information, and the court drama. I thought all of that was done really well. I will read more in this series because overall I did enjoy Allison’s writing voice.
Narrated By Tavia Gilbert / Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
Tavia nailed it! I loved the narration for Speak of the Devil. I think it helped me stick with the story (glad I did). She was great as Anna!
Final Thoughts: Despite the relationship issues, I really enjoyed this book. I will be getting the next one in the series.
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