Tamron Hall’s debut thriller AS THE WICKED WATCH, centers on the growing problem of missing and exploited young black females. Set in Chicago, Jordan Manning is a news reporter who is reporting a story about a missing black teen who had a promising future ahead of her. The police treat the disappearance as a runaway case even as days go by with no one having contact with young Masey James. Jordan is unsettled by their dismissive attitude toward the case, as similar cases involving a missing young white teens would garner more media attention.
Jordan decides to take on a little investigating of her own. Faced with Masey’s uncooperative friends and family and being ignored by law enforcement, Jordan starts to realize Masey’s disappearance is part of a larger scheme. Calling on friends in law enforcement and her co-workers she can trust, she leaves no stone unturned to get justice for Masey and all black and brown girls who are tossed away and forgotten.
AS THE WICKED WATCHED is the debut novel and first in the Jordan Manning series by Tamron Hall. The book was definitely a thriller with lots of twists and turns. The book was wordy at times but when Hall got back to the action, it was a page-turner. Now that I am familiar with Jordan Manning, I am looking forward to taking more journeys with her.
Reviewed by Paula Allen
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