Book Review | Rage Against the Dying

Rage Against the Dying by Becky MastermanTitle: Rage Against the Dying

Author: Becky Masterman

About the Book:

Brigid Quinn’s experiences hunting sexual predators for the FBI have left her with memories she wishes she didn’t have and lethal skills she hopes never to need again. Having been pushed into early retirement by events she thinks she’s put firmly behind her, Brigid keeps telling herself she’s settling down nicely in Tucson with a wonderful new husband, Carlo, and their dogs.

But the past intervenes when a man named Floyd Lynch confesses to the worst unsolved crime of Brigid’s career—the disappearance and presumed murder of her young protege, Jessica. Floyd knows things about that terrible night that were never made public, and he offers to lead the cops to Jessica’s body in return for a plea bargain.

This should finally be the end of a dark chapter in Brigid’s life, except the new FBI agent on the case, Laura Coleman, thinks the confession is fake, and Brigid finds she cannot walk away from violence and retribution after all, no matter what the cost.

My Review: 

Rage Against the Dying is a heart-pounding thriller that grabbed me from the first chapter and did not let go. It’s got everything: memorable characters, plot twists and excitement. It’s Becky Masterman’s debut thriller novel and I can’t wait to read her next one. I’m hooked on Brigid Quinn!

Brigid Quinn is not your typical protagonist. She’s a 59 year old retired FBI agent who spends her days with her beloved pugs and new husband, Carlo. She enjoys rock collecting and keeps herself physically fit. She has demons in her past including an unsolved serial killer case (Route 66 Killer) that has haunted her for years. Her young FBI protegé was the killer’s last victim and Brigid feels partly responsible. She’s called back on the case to consult after a man named Floyd Lynch confesses to the string of murders.

Floyd knows details about the case that were never released to the public which at first look makes him seem like “the one”. However, Brigid notices some descrepancies with his confession. She’s not the only one who has her doubts. FBI agent, Laura Coleman, also believes Floyd has a false confession and wants Brigid’s help to prove it.

What I liked about this book is that I didn’t know what was going to happen. There were a few plot twists that caught me off guard and were very intense. Let’s just say there were many late nights because I found Rage Against the Dying so hard to put down. 

Brigid is one tough cookie and I really felt connected to her character. She speaks her mind and is strong and composed under pressure. I really admired how she handled all the tense situations she found herself in. She is a refreshing change from the typical heroine of thriller novels.

I really hope Becky Masterman continues on with this series so I can immerse myself back in the world of Brigid Quinn!

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 *I received a copy of this book for review, but was not compensated financially in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based solely on my experiences while reading this book.*


Stacie Vaughan

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