BOOK CLUB: The Pledge

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The Pledge by Kathleen Kent is a rapid page-turning police procedural that kept me up past my bedtime.

It’s a great read, technically the third in a trilogy, but I hadn’t read the others and definitely enjoyed it.

I am planning on going back to read the other books, however, as I really enjoyed Betty’s character, and the writing and adventures in the book.

Betty is the kind of woman who doesn’t give up, and in her search for Evangeline Roy, there are great adventures, plenty of action, and fantastic characters.

She is given a two-week time frame to solve her case, or else people will be executed. As Betty strives to protect her wife and the 7-month-old child they are looking after, her urgency to fulfill her pursuit within the deadline increases, creating plenty of edge of your seat action, and lots of gripping suspense.

This is one read I definitely recommend to those who love action, adventure and thrills, with a great female lead!

Thanks to Beauty and Lace and Head of Zeus for a copy of this book.

A selection of our Beauty and Lace Club Members are reading The Pledge by Kathleen KentYou can read their comments below, or add your own review.

9 thoughts on “BOOK CLUB: The Pledge

  1. The action never stops with The pledge.
    This novel stars Betty Detective Betty Rhysyk who has to bust some serious moves to take on her enemies.

    She is one strong female role model who is as well as fighting crime, is also on the hunt for a missing baby and young mother whom she has rescued from the streets.

    I haven’t read the other two earlier books in series but that didn’t affect my ability to understand or enjoy the plot. I recommend for lovers of police procedural fiction. There’s plenty to love with awesome supporting characters and lots of suspense, and twists and turns. I enjoyed it immensely!

    Thank you to Beauty and Lace and Head of Zeus for being able to read this page-turner.

  2. The Pledge by Kathleen Kent, published by Head of Zeus, is a raw, and gritty crime thriller which looks at the criminal/drug underworld, their victims and the police who deal with it. It is told from the perspective of a tall, red headed, Polish/American female cop.

    And while this book is apparently the third in a series featuring Detective Betty Rhyzyk, it can easily be read as a stand alone novel. The back stories surrounding Detective Betty are well spelt out. We soon learn that, Betty together with her ‘wife’ Jackie care for a baby belonging to a young teen named Mary Grace that Betty had rescued from the streets; that Betty is newly promoted to Detective Sergeant; and that Evangeline Roy, a notorious underworld matriarch has a personal vendetta against Betty.

    There is a lot going on in this book and the strong emotions, the busyness and noise of it all adds to the atmosphere of what must be a chaotic and brutal world. However it does at times make you wonder where it is all leading. Detective Sergeant Betty Rhyzyk certainly has a lot to deal with … A gripping read!

  3. I really enjoyed the fast-paced, thrilling storyline. The Pledge is the third book in the series, I haven’t read the previous books, but will definitely go back and read them now. There’s still left over business at the end of the story and I’m hoping there will be a part 4. Thank you Beauty and Lace for letting me read this book >:o)

  4. The Pledge (third book in the series) by Kathleen Kent is an action-packed crime, mystery fiction concluding the Detective Betty series,

    The story sets off from book 2 The Burn, Detective Betty Rhyzyk and her wife, Dr. Jackie Nesbitt welcome a homeless girl into their home, Mary Grace is a young pregnant teen who gives birth to a daughter, Elizabeth.

    Betty life was going well, she was happy in her marriage and was promoted to Sergeant in the Dallas Police Department. Mary Grace and seven-month-old Elizabeth were doing well until Mary Grace suddenly disappears.

    Whilst Betty and Jackie are happy to care for Elizabeth, the detective has a big case at work, trying to track down her nemesis Evangeline Roy, she is back in Texas with her drug business trespassing on cartel leader El Cuchillo (The Knife) territory. He gives Betty a two-week time frame or people will be executed.

    Betty enlists the help of private detectives Peg Bartles and Rocky Bentner to locate Mary Grace whilst she deals with Evangeline and The Knife. Will Betty be able to find Mary Grace and put an end to drug cartels once and for all?

    I always enjoy a good crime, and this terrific novel delivers a complex plot with lots of other interesting genres woven in. It has plenty of fast-paced twists to keep readers interested but also pauses in just the right moments to deliver deeper details of the case and allow readers to reach their own conclusions. The author has the gift for suspense, and she uses it brilliantly.

    The character development is impeccable. Kent has a way of making you feel a whirlwind of emotions, there are characters you fall in love with and those you want to hate but are so intrigued, she managed to hold my attention with every one of them, making them come alive and capturing my imagination, each being so different from the other.

    The Pledge is an enormously satisfying read. It can be a standalone book, but I recommend reading The Dime and The Burn first.

    Thank you, Beauty and Lace and Head of Zeus for the opportunity to read and review.

  5. Thank you so much to Beauty and Lace and Head of Zeus for allowing me to read and review The Pledge.
    I love a good thriller and this book did not disappoint. Even though there are previous books in the series I found this book as great as if it were a standalone book.
    I love how fast paced the book was and it really kept me hooked and wanting more.
    I found the characters strong and intriguing and the plot incredible strong also.
    I highly recommend reading The Pledge as either a standalone book or by reading the first two books and then The Pledge.

  6. The Pledge by Kathleen Kent is the 3rd book in the Betty Rhyzyk novels. It is a captivating crime , mystery, thriller.

    A Cartel Leader, The Knife, gives Detective Betty Rhyzyk two weeks to find and shut down his rival Evangeline Roy.
    A drug war is happening on the streets if Dallas.
    The threats to Betty and her family are real.

    To make her life even more complicated, Betty’s charge Mary Grace, who she had rescued from the streets, is missing. She has left her 7 month old baby behind in Betty’s and her wife Jackie’s care.

    Betty is tough and smart and protective of her family. It is an action packed two weeks!
    A fantastic read. I will definitely be reading the other two books, The Dime and The Burn.
    Thankyou Beauty and Lace and the Head of Zeus for the opportunity to read this great book.

  7. The Pledge is a story line I don’t often read but I’m glad I had the opportunity to read this one by Kathleen Kent. An insite into the fast paced life of the underworld and the nature of business. Likeable characters in Betty who is smart and tough and knows her business.
    Good reading, fast moving and actioned packed noted.

  8. The Pledge is my first book by this author. I had not read the first two books in this series by Kathleen Kent, but it was easy to follow the story, and it was not necessary to have read the other books.
    It as a fast paced crime novel which I found easy to read and captivating , despite the fact that I don’t normally read crime novels.
    It was very entertaining, and action packed, and I would definitely recommend this novel.

  9. I have not read this authors other two books. I enjoyed the strong woman of the main character in this book. I enjoyed reading a crime book, it’s been awhile since I have read one, the book is fast paced and full of action. It gave an insight into the underworld and how they deal with drugs. I will be looking for her other books now.
    Thank you beauty and lace for the opportunity to read this book.

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