Exposed Fury

Exposed Fury

Annie Fitch, a former police detective, struggles to make ends meet as a private investigator in the sleepy town of Leesburg, Virginia. On partial disability because of gunshot injuries, she’s relegated to doing surveillance gigs and background checks. But things are looking up, since her on-again, off-again relationship is back on and might stay that way. When Annie is hi...

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Title:Exposed Fury
Author:Marie Flanigan
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  • A Voracious Reader (a.k.a. Carol)

    4.5

    Book source ~ ARC. My review is voluntary and honest.

    Annie Fitch, police detective, was shot on the job and due to residual disabilities is no longer a cop. Starting her own business as a private investigator has taken as much hard work and dedication as her rehab, but since she can’t be a cop anymore she’s determined to make her new life work. Her past life and current life crash together when one of her surveillance jobs crosses path with a murder investigation. Working with her former part

    4.5

    Book source ~ ARC. My review is voluntary and honest.

    Annie Fitch, police detective, was shot on the job and due to residual disabilities is no longer a cop. Starting her own business as a private investigator has taken as much hard work and dedication as her rehab, but since she can’t be a cop anymore she’s determined to make her new life work. Her past life and current life crash together when one of her surveillance jobs crosses path with a murder investigation. Working with her former partner to solve the case is like old times, but Annie struggles to put her past to bed and embrace her new reality.

    Told entirely from Annie’s POV this murder mystery is a tricky one. Annie kind of reminds me of Jessica Jones without the super powers. Annie is a great character. She has flaws and is struggling, but keeps going. The writing is awesome and the characters are great. The mystery is a cop’s nightmare. The murder victim is a sex addict so there are literally hundreds of suspects. It wasn’t until about 75% that I thought I had the guilty party pegged, but I wasn’t sure enough to declare it so. The author moves Annie’s story along at a steady clip without getting bogged down in unnecessary detail. This is a story that, once picked up, is impossible to put down until the last page is turned.

  • Julie

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. We meet former detective, Annie Fitch while she is dealing with the aftermath of serious injuries sustained in the line of duty. At the same time, she is facing financial burdens and seeking normalcy in her life while also working to solve a particularly challenging murder.

    It’s not unusual to enjoy meeting a character and to look forward to learning more about her.

    What is unusual with Exposed Fury is that the introduction of Annie’s friends and family makes me equ

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. We meet former detective, Annie Fitch while she is dealing with the aftermath of serious injuries sustained in the line of duty. At the same time, she is facing financial burdens and seeking normalcy in her life while also working to solve a particularly challenging murder.

    It’s not unusual to enjoy meeting a character and to look forward to learning more about her.

    What is unusual with Exposed Fury is that the introduction of Annie’s friends and family makes me equally intrigued about each their back stories.

    I do hope this book is the beginning of a series!

  • Kristin Brown

    My love of mysteries goes back to the days when I discovered Sue Grafton's A is for Alibi - the first book of a series I loved not only because of the interesting characters but the geography in which the stories are set. I enjoyed the same thing in Exposed Fury - the Northern Virginia community in which the story takes place is as nicely written as the main character herself - and something I particularly appreciate, as it happens to be where I live. The protagonist is likably flawed, and the m

    My love of mysteries goes back to the days when I discovered Sue Grafton's A is for Alibi - the first book of a series I loved not only because of the interesting characters but the geography in which the stories are set. I enjoyed the same thing in Exposed Fury - the Northern Virginia community in which the story takes place is as nicely written as the main character herself - and something I particularly appreciate, as it happens to be where I live. The protagonist is likably flawed, and the mystery is compelling plotted and not easily guessed - it kept me engaged through the end.

    If you're a fan of procedurals and looking for an end-of-summer beach read, I definitely recommend!

  • Nancy Silk

    "A Captivating Murder Investigative Mystery"

    In the quiet town of Leesburg, Virginia, Annie Fitch is a former police detective struggling now as a private investigator. She had been seriously injured while serving the local police department and her tasks now are limited to surveillance and office background checks for companies. A recent widow, Laura Carlton, hires Annie to seek evidence of her husband's cheating. Nick Carlton was wealthy and had numerous benefits such as being addicted to casua

    "A Captivating Murder Investigative Mystery"

    In the quiet town of Leesburg, Virginia, Annie Fitch is a former police detective struggling now as a private investigator. She had been seriously injured while serving the local police department and her tasks now are limited to surveillance and office background checks for companies. A recent widow, Laura Carlton, hires Annie to seek evidence of her husband's cheating. Nick Carlton was wealthy and had numerous benefits such as being addicted to casual sex. That is until he had been found dead in an alley from a rock blow to his head. This is a very well written, enticing novel with a great story line. A fast story to keep you moving and guessing who the murderer is. Highly recommend.

  • Cath

    Annie Fitch used to be a police detective, until being injured in a shooting and now living on partial disability from the police and started a private investigator to make ends meet. Most of her current work is doing background checks and surveillance jobs. Not quite what she wants her work life to consist of, but she had to re-evaluate her capabilities after her injuries from the shooting.

    She is still undergoing physio for her leg and Hand and also has problems due to a head injury. She misse

    Annie Fitch used to be a police detective, until being injured in a shooting and now living on partial disability from the police and started a private investigator to make ends meet. Most of her current work is doing background checks and surveillance jobs. Not quite what she wants her work life to consist of, but she had to re-evaluate her capabilities after her injuries from the shooting.

    She is still undergoing physio for her leg and Hand and also has problems due to a head injury. She misses her old job, but has come to realise she isn’t able to do it due to her new limitations. She has to pace herself better now, get enough sleep and make time to eat, matters not easy to juggle on 12 hour or more shifts on police cases.

    Her current PI case is to follow the husband of her client, Laura Carlton, who suspects her husband of cheating on her. Laura asks Annie to follow her husband for a week and get evidence of his cheating. The husband, Nick, has a long history of sex addiction, since his school days, and grew up with wealth and a life of privilege.

    Annie has just been hired by the wife to follow Nick for another week when matters take a bad turn. She takes her dog for a late night walk, a few blocks from her home, when she practically falls over a body and finds out it is her clients husband, her current target. Her first thought is to call her old partner, Gunnar, rather than 911.

    She ends up working with Gunnar, in a unpaid consultant role, to further investigate her target and to find out more about the women he was meeting for his lunch time trysts and if there was any more serious love interests. Add in Nick’s business partner, a shop owner and a good few other suspects and you have a good murder mystery with tons of suspects and not the most obvious one, the wife being the prime suspect.

    A great mix of a previous homicide detective, turned PI through injury, joining up with her old partner on the force, to solve a murder of someone she was following. When she and her dog, Chester, also find the murder weapon, she could be a suspect herself. I loved the fact that this is a woman who has been injured and unable to continue the only job she ever wanted to do, has picked herself up and started anew. She has limitations on what she can do, but aims to do her best and keep improving where possible.

    This was a book you just want to keep on reading, until you see where it finally leads Annie, her absent boyfriend, her ex-partner Gunnar and all those involved in the plot. Matters are not given away too easily and it has lots of twists and turns to keep your interest. I hope the author will write some more Annie Fitch PI books as I am looking forward to them. I received an ARC copy of the book from Hidden Gems and I have freely given my own opinion of the book above. I also bought a copy of the book, I liked it so much. I have added the author to my favourites list and following her on Amazon, so I will find out when another book comes out. Can’t wait.

  • R.W. Lang

    Overall this was a good read, albeit I found it a little slow getting started. The character, Ford is a mystery from beginning to end and seems to be more of a prop than a contributing factor. Flanigan has a smooth style and a clear, concise voice throughout.

  • Jolie

    Annie is a detective turned PI. Forced off the squad due to a brain injury that occurred when she was shot on the job, Annie is struggling to make ends meet. She is also struggling with not having the physical or mental abilities that she had before she was shot. So when Laura contacts her to follow her husband and get evidence of cheating, Annie agrees. What Annie was not expecting was to find Nick’s body during her walk with her dog. She also doesn’t expect to get drawn back into the investiga

    Annie is a detective turned PI. Forced off the squad due to a brain injury that occurred when she was shot on the job, Annie is struggling to make ends meet. She is also struggling with not having the physical or mental abilities that she had before she was shot. So when Laura contacts her to follow her husband and get evidence of cheating, Annie agrees. What Annie was not expecting was to find Nick’s body during her walk with her dog. She also doesn’t expect to get drawn back into the investigation when Laura hires her to find out who killed Nick. Working with her former partner, Gunnar, Annie digs through the tangled mess that was Nick Carlton’s life. But she is in for a surprise when she figures out who killed Nick and why. Who killed Nick? What was his/her motivation? Can Annie come through this investigation unscathed?

    I have come to appreciate a good mystery. A good mystery needs to draw you in and keep you engaged in the story. Which is tricky because the author has to keep the clues to the mystery a secret but at the same time give out hints about what is going on. It’s a balancing act and sometimes, the author slips. There have been books where I have figured out what was going on or who did it by the middle of the book. But with Exposed Fury, that wasn’t the case. Marie Flanigan did a fantastic job of keeping who killed Nick and why under wraps until the end of the book. I will get more into that when I discuss the ending.

    I loved Annie. The author did a fantastic job of creating a character that I could relate to. Annie didn’t let her disabilities get in the way of trying to get back on her feet. While she wanted to be back on the force, she understood that it wasn’t going to be. So she decided to become a PI. Her strength came off the pages. I also liked how she knew that she needed help with things and wasn’t afraid to ask. She also had a strong sense of family. While her father drove her nuts, she understood that he was afraid and that was coming from love. Her devotion to her brother was sweet.

    The mystery angle of the book was amazing. The author did a fantastic job at keeping who killed Nick a secret until the end of the book. I was in shock over who it was. I had another person pegged for it. So when the plotline did a sudden turn and pointed in another direction, I was shocked. I was also shocked at why that person did it. Another shock.

    The author also did a great job at portraying Annie’s continuing recovery from her brain injury. She made a point to let us readers know that Annie was not the same person she was before the brain injury. Annie was a, for lack of a better word, gentler, more emotional person. She empathized with people easier. From what I gleaned from the plot, Annie was more uptight and not as emotional before the injury.

    The main plotline, the investigation of Nick’s murder, was interesting and wonderfully written. The author took me on a rollercoaster journey. She fingered so many people who I had a list of suspects to pick from. Red herrings were thrown out left and right. Normally, I would get irritated when that happens. But in this case, it was great and worked with the plotline.

    The plotline with Annie’s on again, off again boyfriend was kind of “meh” with me. Not that I didn’t like Ford, I did, but I didn’t like that he was leaving Annie all the time. Like Annie, I would have been upset over his constant coming and going. Plus, he never mentioned what he did for work. Just that it was for the government and he was sent into high-risk areas (like Afghanistan). I wish that there could have been more stability with him. I would have loved more clarity with what he did.

    The plotline with Annie’s father drove me nuts. I completely understood where he was coming from. His kid almost died and suffered a brain injury. But he didn’t support her career choice. He kept harping on it. Every single scene he was in, he kept mentioning how she should go back to college, get another job. Annie did brush him off, for the most part, but I got sick of it. I wanted to jump in the book and say “Leave her be!! Support her, darn it.”

    Like I mentioned above, I loved the end of the book. The author did a fantastic job at wrapping up Nick’s murder plotline, as well as a couple of the secondary ones. She did leave the one with Annie’s father and Ford open. Like I mentioned above, I was surprised at who did it and the motive behind it. Talk about a plot twist. I did not see it coming at all. And I loved it!! I am hoping that the author will write another book with Annie in it!!

    I gave Exposed Fury a 4-star rating. This book was one of the best mystery books I have read to date. The author did a great job at keeping me engaged with the story. There were no dropped or forgotten storylines. I was surprised at the ending. I did not care for Ford or Annie’s father’s attitude.

    I would give Exposed Fury an Adult rating. There is sex but it is not graphic (mentioned but no detail). There is language. There is violence. There are trigger warnings. They would be brain injuries, cheating on a partner, the death of a sibling. I would recommend that no one under the age of 21 read this book.

    I would reread Exposed Fury. I would also recommend this book with family and friends. I would mention the triggers.

    I would like to thank the author for allowing me to read and review Exposed Fury.

    All opinion stated in this review of Exposed Fury are mine.

    **I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book**

  • Jennifer

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    I really enjoyed Exposed Fury. I enjoyed trying to figure out what was going on and getting to know these characters. Really I got to the end and was hoping there would be more, that this will be a series as I would definitely read more about Annie and her adventures.

    Annie is a former police detective that was forced to find something else to do when she was injured on the job. She still goes to physical therapy and gets stiff at times, but she

    This review was originally posted to

    I really enjoyed Exposed Fury. I enjoyed trying to figure out what was going on and getting to know these characters. Really I got to the end and was hoping there would be more, that this will be a series as I would definitely read more about Annie and her adventures.

    Annie is a former police detective that was forced to find something else to do when she was injured on the job. She still goes to physical therapy and gets stiff at times, but she is much better than when she was first injured. She is trying to make it as a private investigator and normally it is uneventful and she enjoys the sitting and waiting and watching that she needs to do for her clients. Sitting and waiting for a husband to come out of a building with a mistress or whatever. She used to be more go go go, but now she is happy to relax a bit, even if she does miss her police work.

    Everything is going fine for her until she finds a body of the guy she is supposed to be following and she gets involved in the investigation. She is still friendly with her former partner and it was interesting seeing the case unfold from two different fronts. Figuring out who the murderer is and her issues in her personal life and getting back to normal.

    Now the only part of the story that was just good instead of great for me was the romantic aspect with Annie and Ford. It might be because you don't see very much of them and I never really saw the connection between them. That and Annie is terrible at communicating so I'm not sure how the two of them will work out. He travels a lot for his job that he can't talk about and Annie hates that, but never mentions it. They have been together for a long time so there should be something there, I just wanted more. I wanted to see a stronger connection between the two.

    Overall this was a great read. I really enjoyed watching Annie try and figure out what is going on and all the ups and downs that came with it.

    *Note: I received a free copy of this book for voluntary review consideration

  • Sheila

    Private investigator Annie Fitch is an ex-cop rebuilding her life after injuries retired her from the force. She still has friends among the police, but does she still have the skills, health and will to solve a murder, when quiet surveillance and background checks give way to danger and death?

    Author Marie Flanigan deals with her character’s injuries and memories very convincingly, keeping them lowkey and revealing the effects on Annie’s life in a very natural way. The story moves quickly forwar

    Private investigator Annie Fitch is an ex-cop rebuilding her life after injuries retired her from the force. She still has friends among the police, but does she still have the skills, health and will to solve a murder, when quiet surveillance and background checks give way to danger and death?

    Author Marie Flanigan deals with her character’s injuries and memories very convincingly, keeping them lowkey and revealing the effects on Annie’s life in a very natural way. The story moves quickly forward, though details, always convincing, do sometimes slow the reading. Clues add together naturally, and the police procedural aspects of the mystery feel real, with amusing references to issues of traffic and State. Set in Leesburg, Virginia—a place I’ve never been—it all feels authentic and intriguing, and the book was hard to put down.

    It’s pleasing to follow a protagonist who recognizes her own vulnerabilities, and it’s intriguing to watch how these affect her relationships, with clients, colleagues and friends. The author’s portrayal of post-traumatic stress is well-researched and convincing, and the novel offers some memorably wise touches in dialog and conversation. Plus it’s a cool mystery, with convincing characters and location.

    Disclosure: I was given an ecopy and I offer my honest review.

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