This complicated murder/suspense story opens with a married woman, Kate Jameson meeting Peter Ash(also married) at a dinner with mutual friends. Kate leaves that evening thinking non-stop about Peter. She ends up calling him and setting up a sexual dalliance. The consequences of this action spin out of control.

Six months later Peter is dead and Kate's friend Beth is investigating the case. The plot is complicated and includes all kinds of things. Too many to be honest. I had a hard time finding much believability in the story. I know it's fiction but I want to be able to half way believe the plot.

None of the characters are very likable which doesn't bother me. I've enjoyed quite a few books with characters who have questionable morals. In this though, I didn't find myself that interested in any of them. This might be because there were so many characters in the story. It was hard to find any I was committed to caring about.

Overall this was just average for me. I had never read this author before but wanted to try him as I know he is very famous in this genre. I wasn't wowed with this book but I did think it was good enough that at some point I will try one of his other stories.

Book Blurb for Fatal

From New York Times bestselling author John Lescroart, a riveting standalone novel about the unexpected, shattering, and lethal consequences of a one-night stand on a seemingly happily married couple.

Kate loves her life. At forty-four, she’s happily married to her kind husband, Ron, blessed with two wonderful children, and has a beautiful home in San Francisco. Everything changes, however, when she and Ron attend a dinner party and meet another couple, Peter and Jill. Kate and Peter only exchange a few pleasant words but that night, in bed with her husband, Kate is suddenly overcome with a burning desire for Peter.

What begins as an innocent crush soon develops into a dangerous obsession and Kate’s fixation on Peter results in one intense, passionate encounter between the two. Confident that her life can now go back to normal, Kate never considers that Peter may not be so willing to move on.

Not long after their affair, a masked man barges into the café Kate is sitting in with her best friend, firing an assault weapon indiscriminately into the crowd. This tragedy is the first in a series of horrifying events that will show Kate just how grave the consequences of one mistake can be.

An explosive story of infidelity, danger, and moral ambiguity, John Lescroart’s latest thriller will excite and satisfy both his current and new fans.

Night Owl Reviews Mar, 2017 3.50