Hired to produce a candy-floss profile of Chicago-based aviation giant Delcroft, Ellie is dismayed when company VP Charlotte Hollander trashes the production and cancels the project. Ellie believes Hollander was spooked by shots of a specific man in the video footage. But when Ellie arranges to meet the man to find out why, he is killed by a subway train before they can talk. In the confusion, she finds a seemingly abandoned pack of cigarettes with a flash drive inside that belonged to the now-dead man. Ellie gets the drive s contents decrypted, but before long discovers she s under surveillance. Suspecting Delcroft and the ambitious Hollander are behind it, she s unconvinced when Hollander tells her the dead man was a Chinese spy. Ellie and her boyfriend, Luke, try to find answers, but they don’t realize how far they have ventured into the dangerous echelons of hidden power.
When Ellie s daughter is kidnapped and Charlotte Hollander disappears, it becomes terrifyingly clear that Ellie is in way over her head, and more lives are on the line including her own.
Before reading Jump Cut I hadn’t read any others from the Ellie Foreman series, but have read Nobody’s Child, which is the fifth in her Georgia Davis series. So in my opinion doesn’t matter whether you’ve read others in the series- I still got what was happening, the characters were still developed enough for me to get them and what they’re like and the story, although perhaps making reference to previous books in the series, was self-contained enough to ensure I could enjoy it on its own. No doubt I may have picked up on more background if I had read the others but I felt it wasn’t necessary.The story was fast paced enough that I didn’t get bored or lose interest as I was reading, and was quite easy to read and follow. It had a good dose of action, a lot of suspense and, for those who like their conspiracy/ spy thrillers, Jump Cut is a lighter but really enjoyable offering.
The various characters were mostly believable and Ellie Foreman, though at times very forceful and rash at making decisions, seemed quite likeable and a strong female lead, which is always great to read about! I was rooting for her throughout – Libby Hellman makes you care about the characters enough to ensure you keep reading on, and I certainly got through this novel in no time!
I would recommend this novel for anyone that wants an entertaining, fun read with an element of mystery and plenty of action.
Many thanks to the author for providing a copy of this novel in return for an honest review.
What did you think of Jump Cut, or any of the rest of the Ellie Foreman series? Have you read any other novels by Libby Hellman?