The Hand of Fate

If you google for "Hand of Fate", you will find find top matches for an American horror film and The Legend of Kyrandia. What I want to write about here is a Triple Threat Novel with this title, authored by Lis Wiehl, with April Henry.

The Hand of Fate is the second Triple Threat Novel, after Face of Betrayal. I have not read Face of Betrayal, but did not see any problems with continuity (unlike the Harry Potter series).

It is a whodunit - thriller book, starting off with the death of Jim Faith, a popular Radio Talk Show in Portland, US, due to inhalation of a poisonous gas. The protagonists are three ladies - Nicole, an FBI agent, Allison, Federal Prosecutor and Cassidy, crime reporter. They are classmates and friends, whose work brings them together to unravel the mystery of the death.

The poisonous gas creates panic in Portland, leading to massive exodus from the affected area. There are suspects aplenty for the crime, since Jim was outspoken and had a no-nonsense attitude.

As the plot unfolds, it is clear that what appears to be a clear cut case of revenge is not so straightforward.

The book is fast paced and is easy to read. Multiple conversations (must I say interrogation) carries the story forward. What is interesting about the book is, the personal lives of the lead characters are interwoven into the story. Unlike conventional books where the hero is a superman, here, each lady has her problems in life. If it is a drug problem for one, it is domestic violence for another.

One could argue that the book digresses occasionally from the main story to dwell into the lives of the protagonists, but this is perhaps intentional. One could also question the ability of the killer to fashion the equipment for murder without assistance. But, these are minor abrasions, which can be overlooked.

The book also conveys some social message. All in all, an interesting read. At around 300 pages of hard bound edition, it is just the right size for a lazy weekend.

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