Narrated by Nicol Zanzarella
As a romantic suspense title that will cause you to question just who your allies and enemies truly are, Incriminating Evidence is sure to pique your curiosity. This title delivers more than just suspense, with an interesting enemies- to-lovers romantic plot that takes up equal, or near equal, time in its development as the suspense angle. Additionally, for the audiobook lovers, the narration by the talented Nicol Zanzarella makes this a good romantic suspense title to enjoy in audiobook format.
Isabel Dawson is determined to uncover the true reason why her older brother Vin died. His death has been ruled a training accident, as he was employed by a paramilitary organization named Raptor and was on their training compound in Alaska when he died. However, she is convinced that Vin’s death was no accident – it was murder. Vin died while on the land owned by Raptor, and the Raptor CEO, Alec Ravissant (a former army ranger turned politician who is running for a Senate seat in Maryland), is blocking her attempts to obtain more information about circumstances surrounding his death. The situation has gotten so heated that Alec has even obtained a restraining order prohibiting Isabel from going on Raptor land.
But Isabel is a determined woman as well as an archaeologist who is used to solving mysteries. So she ignores the restraining order, determined to find a cave that Vin mentioned to her and which she is convinced holds the evidence she needs to prove his murder. What Isabel could never have counted on, however, was stumbling upon her nemesis, Alec Ravissant, while exploring the land. Moreover, Alec has been attacked and is unconscious giving her no option but to help him. She’s so tough, in fact, that she creates a makeshift device (travois) to pull his body miles in the cold Alaskan terrain to a small shelter. Without her aid, he would have frozen to death. However, when he wakes up, he pays her back not with thanks, but by having her arrested!
But as Alec begins to regain his strength and starts to do some digging of his own, he starts to see that Isabel may just have been right all along, and even more distressing, given her undoubtedly negative effect on his campaign, undeniably alluring. So Alec reaches out to Isabel who, though skeptical, is also not willing to lose an opportunity to bring closure to her brother’s case. But can they really trust each other? Thus begins a journey where they begin to uncover a number of clues. But not everything is as it seems. Can Alec and Isabel discover the truth before danger looms in and gets one or both of them? Moreover, could there possibly be a HEA in the cards for this couple?
Nicol Zanzarella has a clear, strong voice which works well to narrate a romantic suspense title. You almost get the feeling that you are getting the background story from a reporter. Ms. Zanzarella also does a good job of pacing her delivery for maximum understanding, meaning that I didn’t need to rewind the audio at any points (a factor that sometimes can negatively affect high suspense titles).
In addition to a good reading style for the narratives, Ms. Zanzarella also changed her pitch and intonation for the dialogues giving each character a distinctive sound. I especially liked that the voice that she gave Alec sounded deeper and more masculine than Isabel’s, allowing me to easily envision and begin to like his character. This also made it easy to understand who was speaking in the dialogues, such that it wasn’t necessary to rely on dialogue tags.
All in all, if you enjoy romantic suspense audiobooks, then Incriminating Evidence is a solid pick. I definitely was entertained by both the suspense and romantic angle of this book (though I must admit that by about the half way point, I had already correctly sleuthed who the villain was). Nonetheless, it was a fun journey that kept me tied to my earbuds to the very end.
Book Content: B+
Steam Factor: Glad I had my earbuds in
Violence Rating: Fighting
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Publisher: Audible Studios
Incriminating Evidence was provided to AudioGals by Rachel Grant for a review.