Purple Kitty: A Serena McKay Novel by Chariss K. Walker is about a former cop, who is now a private detective. Serena McKay is tough with a hard edge but gets the job done. This is a disturbing story because of the subject matter (pedophiles), but the author tells a gripping tale. The characters are well developed. There is something "off" about the mother's story of her missing daughter. I gave it five stars.
When Serena wants to do hard drinking, it's at home. However, this night she was drinking vodka at Scotty's Pub where Jimmy was the bartender. He's a gentleman and knows her well.
“'You’re a good man,' I praised. 'Thanks for giving me space to nurse the troubles. Solitude is usually where I find solutions.'”
In her work Serena does unpleasant jobs and people want photographs to prove or disprove something. "I use black and white photos. It isn’t the harsh reality of splashy Technicolor. Vivid hues make an indelible impression. Still, any picture is hard to forget. As they say, ‘worth a thousand words.’ It imprints itself on the brain and psyche. Soap and water won’t wash the images away either. Nothing will."
Serena learned more from her foster family than from her own mother, Cleary. "Relationships usually boil down to a couple of questions without judgment: What do I want from you? What am I willing to give back in order to get it?"
This book contains adult language and situations.
I received a complimentary copy from the author. That did not change my opinion for this review.
Link to purchase: https://www.amazon.com/Purple-Kitty-Serena-McKay-Novel-ebook/dp/B01EHUL2MI