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PI Nikki Griffin – a badass bookseller who punishes abusers – is back in S. A. Lelchuk's One Got Away… Nikki Griffin, a private-investigator when she isn’t running her small bookstore, is on a case. The matriarch of one of the wealthiest San Francisco families has been defrauded by a con-man, and her furious son enlists Nikki to find the money. And find the con-man. Nikki is PI Nikki Griffin – a badass bookseller who punishes abusers – is back in S. A. Lelchuk's One Got Away… Nikki Griffin, a private-investigator when she isn’t running her small bookstore, is on a case. The matriarch of one of the wealthiest San Francisco families has been defrauded by a con-man, and her furious son enlists Nikki to find the money. And find the con-man. Nikki isn’t a fan of men who hurt women. Her secret mission, born of revenge and trauma, is to do everything she can to remove women from dangerous situations—and to punish the men responsible. As Nikki follows the trail toward the con-man, she realizes that no one involved is telling her the whole truth. When the case overlaps with her attempt to protect a woman in trouble, and Nikki’s own life is put in danger, Nikki has to make terrible choices about who to save—and how to keep herself alive.


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PI Nikki Griffin – a badass bookseller who punishes abusers – is back in S. A. Lelchuk's One Got Away… Nikki Griffin, a private-investigator when she isn’t running her small bookstore, is on a case. The matriarch of one of the wealthiest San Francisco families has been defrauded by a con-man, and her furious son enlists Nikki to find the money. And find the con-man. Nikki is PI Nikki Griffin – a badass bookseller who punishes abusers – is back in S. A. Lelchuk's One Got Away… Nikki Griffin, a private-investigator when she isn’t running her small bookstore, is on a case. The matriarch of one of the wealthiest San Francisco families has been defrauded by a con-man, and her furious son enlists Nikki to find the money. And find the con-man. Nikki isn’t a fan of men who hurt women. Her secret mission, born of revenge and trauma, is to do everything she can to remove women from dangerous situations—and to punish the men responsible. As Nikki follows the trail toward the con-man, she realizes that no one involved is telling her the whole truth. When the case overlaps with her attempt to protect a woman in trouble, and Nikki’s own life is put in danger, Nikki has to make terrible choices about who to save—and how to keep herself alive.

30 review for One Got Away

  1. 5 out of 5

    Fiona

    You want to know what I do? I run a bookstore. That's what I do. Books. And when I'm not selling books, I try to do a little of what your crowd might call philanthropy. My own special brand of the stuff. Meaning that when I run into someone who has been treated badly, I don't turn my head away. Firstly, thanks to the publisher for reaching out with the offer of an ARC. Nikki Griffin ended up carving her own little niche in my head, so it's pretty great to see her back! I had some issues with the f You want to know what I do? I run a bookstore. That's what I do. Books. And when I'm not selling books, I try to do a little of what your crowd might call philanthropy. My own special brand of the stuff. Meaning that when I run into someone who has been treated badly, I don't turn my head away. Firstly, thanks to the publisher for reaching out with the offer of an ARC. Nikki Griffin ended up carving her own little niche in my head, so it's pretty great to see her back! I had some issues with the first book - fairly standard debut ones, but still. I'm happy to report this time around the author's confidence seems to have grown, expanding his sentences as it did - there's much less choppiness in the text, and it made for a much smoother read. I'm a little torn about One Got Away - on the one hand, you can clearly see the author's growth, especially in writing style and some of those gorgeous descriptions of the California coast. On the other, what I loved most about the first book, what really stuck in my noggin and made it a memorable experience, didn't see as much of the spotlight this time around. Nikki is taking on a much more streamlined investigation this time around, though where it leads is anything but neat. Most of the book is spent away from the bookstore, though it does get some time at the end. I appreciated that - too many books in this genre end abruptly, and I appreciated that the author took some time to slow down and tidy up when all was said and done on the mystery front. Despite the lack of focus on the parts I loved about the first book, this was still an entertaining read, showing growth in all the right places. I'll certainly be back for book three, because regardless of focus, this is still a very exciting new series.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Paromjit

    SA Lelchuk returns with the action packed PI Nikki Griffin series with her disturbing family background in which her parents were murdered, a trauma which has shaped who she is, a fearless defender of abused women and the vulnerable. She owns the popular second hand bookstore, The Brimstone Magpie, and her troubled brother, Brandon, has made remarkable progress, as he progresses to becoming a functioning member of society, whilst her English Literature academic boyfriend, Ethan, a relationship i SA Lelchuk returns with the action packed PI Nikki Griffin series with her disturbing family background in which her parents were murdered, a trauma which has shaped who she is, a fearless defender of abused women and the vulnerable. She owns the popular second hand bookstore, The Brimstone Magpie, and her troubled brother, Brandon, has made remarkable progress, as he progresses to becoming a functioning member of society, whilst her English Literature academic boyfriend, Ethan, a relationship in which she feels safe and secure, is pushing for them to live together. A scion of the rich Johannessen family, their fortune based on Pharmaceuticals, Martin, hires Nikki to look into and follow Dr Geoffrey Tyler Coombs, whom he claims is a conman who has swindled millions from his elderly 81 year old mother, the matriarch Marie, and is blackmailing her. As Nikki is to discover, the dysfunctional, manipulative and entitled Johannessen family are not what they appear, and there is little they can be trusted on. She meets William Johannessen, the victim of a hit and run, now wheelchair bound with injuries that have robbed him of the man he used to be, the other brother, Ron, rude and obnoxious, and their sister, Susan, an art gallery owner who has spent her life distancing herself from her troubling family. The British conman Coombs turns out to be a revelation, an educated and charismatic man with a taste for the rarified, expensive and the exclusive lifestyle, supremely difficult to resist, a man who sees Nikki as she actually is, something others fail to do. He has an attractive bad boy aura that Nikki is instantly drawn to, despite being in a stable relationship, their similarities to each other are unmissable. The two meet as she follows him to Monterey, only for Nikki to find herself in the dangerous and deadly world of crime and mobsters. SA Lelchuk's crime writing is showing significant developments from the first book, which makes this a thrilling and exciting read with plenty of suspense and tension. What I missed was that Nikki spent far less time in her bookstore, and perhaps because of that, there were not as many as literary references as the debut. This is a wonderfully entertaining and engaging crime read, with a female, motorbike riding, protagonist, who has no problem becoming a vigilante, and here, she is willing to do whatever it takes to extricate a bright young bullied boy, Mason, who latches onto Nikki, desperate to be her sidekick, from his traumatic family. Many thanks to Flatiron Books for an ARC.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Woodbury

    The first Nikki Griffin book was one I meant to get to and never did, if you're in the same boat the good news is it's pretty easy to jump right in on book #2. We get enough about Nikki's backstory to understand her but you don't get bogged down in it. The biggest downside is that one of the big themes of the book is that Nikki is going against her usual work and that doesn't come through quite as strongly when you can't contrast it with what you already know about her. That issue with the theme The first Nikki Griffin book was one I meant to get to and never did, if you're in the same boat the good news is it's pretty easy to jump right in on book #2. We get enough about Nikki's backstory to understand her but you don't get bogged down in it. The biggest downside is that one of the big themes of the book is that Nikki is going against her usual work and that doesn't come through quite as strongly when you can't contrast it with what you already know about her. That issue with the theme was the real weakness of the book for me, but I am going to assume this is my fault in not reading book 1 and not the book's fault at all. That said, if you are looking for a book about a PI vigilante who wants to take down bad guys who hurt good people, that is not what happens in this book! If you like PI books, there is a lot to like here. Lelchuk gets the genre, and you can feel the old school noir vibes along with the modern feel. Nikki is tough and her motivations explain why she often puts herself in ridiculously dangerous situations. Here we start out pretty mildly but by the end there is a whole lot of violence with a whole lot of mobsters and Nikki keeps on diving in as she climbs up the food chain to get to whoever's in charge. For me, I am just okay on PI books, which is why this is a 3-star for me. It's not my favorite genre, but I appreciate that I did not have to constantly be annoyed with the protagonist for doing something stupid. Everything Nikki does makes sense! Even if it is dangerous. And I very much appreciate that, because it can be the thing that frustrates me most in crime novels. I read this really quickly, and I found it quite satisfying. I picked it up needing a fast book and the pacing here is top notch, it just moves and moves.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Nursebookie

    This amazing book is for fans of Lisbeth Salander and Jack Reacher. I enjoyed this fast paced and unputdowable read. Once I started my fingers could not turn the pages fast enough. Wow this was a wild ride and I loved it! Nikki Griffin is an amazing character, and has a great back story and the reason why she is so passionate about protecting women. She is also a bookseller by day and private investigator by night. Who wouldn’t love a badass character with the perfect job I can only dream of. Sou This amazing book is for fans of Lisbeth Salander and Jack Reacher. I enjoyed this fast paced and unputdowable read. Once I started my fingers could not turn the pages fast enough. Wow this was a wild ride and I loved it! Nikki Griffin is an amazing character, and has a great back story and the reason why she is so passionate about protecting women. She is also a bookseller by day and private investigator by night. Who wouldn’t love a badass character with the perfect job I can only dream of. Sounds amazing right? In this second book, which I enjoyed reading so much, and can be enjoyed as a stand alone, we are taken along in an action packed adventure to find a con-man who has defrauded one of the wealthiest families in San Francisco. Nothing is ever what it seems and this book is full of amazing surprises, with the twits and turns thriller lovers enjoy in their read. I highly recommend this. I am so excited to read the first book in this series. Thank you Flatiron Books for providing a Netgalley eARC. Opinions are my own.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Melanie

    One Got Away was a phenomenal follow up to Save Me from Dangerous Men. By day, Nikki Griffin runs a small bookstore. By night, Nikki is a P.I. who puts her skills to use tracking down abusive men and showing them just how she feels about them hurting the vulnerable people in their lives. After a con-man pulls one over on the matriarch of one of the wealthiest San Francisco families, Nikki is hired to track the man down and get back their money. But as Nikki tracks the man all over California, she One Got Away was a phenomenal follow up to Save Me from Dangerous Men. By day, Nikki Griffin runs a small bookstore. By night, Nikki is a P.I. who puts her skills to use tracking down abusive men and showing them just how she feels about them hurting the vulnerable people in their lives. After a con-man pulls one over on the matriarch of one of the wealthiest San Francisco families, Nikki is hired to track the man down and get back their money. But as Nikki tracks the man all over California, she quickly discovers that no one is telling her the whole story. When her own life is threatened, Nikki will have to put all her skills to use if she hopes to make it out of this job alive. The plot in One Got Away was an interesting one and I enjoyed that the author took things in an unexpected direction. Nikki is hired by Martin Johannessen, the son of the defrauded woman, and he has a very one-track mind of what leads Nikki should follow. But Nikki does things her own way and after she gets in touch with other members of the Johannessen family, she finds out the situation is not at all like the one Martin described. While chasing leads, Nikki goes from San Francisco to Monterey and places in between. She meets various nefarious characters along the way from a charming British con-man to a cartel. There's also a cute sidekick she picks up in the form of Mason, a young boy Nikki meets in Monterey who turns out to be quite helpful. The ending had a few surprises I wasn't expecting and I enjoyed the final scene between Nikki and the Johannessen family. Overall a solid story with the perfect mix of action and intrigue. Nikki continues to be a fascinating main character. She's smart, capable, and refuses to back down. We didn't get to see as much of Nikki's usual P.I. business where she tracks down abusers, although there is a small scene that somewhat fills this void. I enjoyed Nikki's interactions with Mason, the kid who helps her out in Monterey. Mason's inclusion was unexpected and I liked the bond Nikki develops with him. The kid was surprising bright and had access to a number of gadgets that ended up helping Nikki out. Throughout the book Nikki also gets help from a few side characters we met in the first book which I enjoyed. Overall One Got Away was a fantastic read and I would highly recommend it if you're looking for a great thriller to pick up. **I received an advance copy of this book from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.**

  6. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    I loved the first book featuring Nikki so when this one was offered to me, I grabbed it quickly! Nikki is a take-no-prisoners woman (who also owns a bookstore) and as a PI she is determined to protect women from male predators. So when Martin hires her to find the con-man who has scammed his wealthy mother out of a small fortune, she is all in. But of course, things aren't always as they appear and once she meets the man, she realizes he's a smooth operator but maybe not exactly the man she thou I loved the first book featuring Nikki so when this one was offered to me, I grabbed it quickly! Nikki is a take-no-prisoners woman (who also owns a bookstore) and as a PI she is determined to protect women from male predators. So when Martin hires her to find the con-man who has scammed his wealthy mother out of a small fortune, she is all in. But of course, things aren't always as they appear and once she meets the man, she realizes he's a smooth operator but maybe not exactly the man she thought he was. Throw in a savvy 11-year-old boy willing to help her, friend Buster who is good at finding people, and a sex-trafficking ring, and you've got the makings for a superb story! Loved it! Thanks to NetGalley and Flatiron Press for this ARC!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Tony Hisgett

    I enjoyed this book and Nikki is still one of my favourite heroines. I found the initial encounter with Coombs quite irritating, but Nikki’s reaction to Coombs being taken away was just weird. I could understand her wanting to get to the bottom of the mystery, but the author had her wanting to protect him, even though he had just been about to kill her in cold blood. Still it gave the author a reason for the rest of the book and Nikki solving the problems in her inimitable style. For all that I li I enjoyed this book and Nikki is still one of my favourite heroines. I found the initial encounter with Coombs quite irritating, but Nikki’s reaction to Coombs being taken away was just weird. I could understand her wanting to get to the bottom of the mystery, but the author had her wanting to protect him, even though he had just been about to kill her in cold blood. Still it gave the author a reason for the rest of the book and Nikki solving the problems in her inimitable style. For all that I liked this story there were a couple of things I wasn’t as happy with. I’m sure the author must have been given a book 101 Clichés for Thriller Writers because there were a few e.g. (view spoiler)[ It starts when Nikki gets a call from Susan basically saying “I’ve got something very important to tell you, but I’m not going to tell you now”. Instead I’m going to disappear . I know in the end there is a reason for this, but at the time of the call I just groaned knowing what would happen next. Then Nikki is about to board a plane but is stopped by TAS officials who decide just at this crucial moment they want to see her documents and of course she misses the plane. Later she is just standing watching a Mercedes belonging to a load of villains and just at that moment a couple of police just happen to appear and ask to look at her documents, by the time they are finished the car has gone. (hide spoiler)] I also thought the author took a few liberties when he had Nikki make some silly mistakes. (view spoiler)[ Nikki and Buster were ‘interrogating’ a bad guy, he is tied up, hanging upside down and he has just had his two little fingers broken. While having his fingers broken he was still able to conceal a razor blade in his hand and then use it to cut his hands free. Then without anyone noticing, he reached up and got a gun from his boot (which they didn't find when they tied up his feet to hanging off the ground) and was able to shoot Nikki’s partner. How could they not search the man before interrogating him? (hide spoiler)] If possible I would have given 3.5 stars, I debated whether to make this 3 or 4 and in the end I have given Nikki the benefit of the doubt.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Christina

    Time is short, my TBR pile is long....do I really want to start another series? Yes. I will happily make room for Nikki Griffin, a bookstore owner and part time PI (basically my dream job) who saves women in trouble. Nikki is a very appealing, kick-ass heroine who never seems forced or over-the-top like some female PIs in this genre do. Rather, Nikki is the super cool bookseller-slash-undercover-heroine who you'd want to have looking out for you in the world. Just over the top enough to be fun wi Time is short, my TBR pile is long....do I really want to start another series? Yes. I will happily make room for Nikki Griffin, a bookstore owner and part time PI (basically my dream job) who saves women in trouble. Nikki is a very appealing, kick-ass heroine who never seems forced or over-the-top like some female PIs in this genre do. Rather, Nikki is the super cool bookseller-slash-undercover-heroine who you'd want to have looking out for you in the world. Just over the top enough to be fun without being ridiculous. I am also a fan of the Bay Area setting, which SA Lelchuk nails. I live in the Bay Area, and I find that a lot of writers setting stories in the Bay Area these days either make it too old-timey San Francisco without acknowledging the changing times and tech, or focus TOO much on the tech aspect and not enough on the charm of the Bay. Lelchuck has a handle on both and, without Googling, I'd guess she either lives here or has visited quite a lot. The authenticity of the city and the heroine adds to the readability of this page turner, which presents a somewhat complicated mystery featuring a mysterious and charming man with a Louis Vuitton suitcase, a number of randomly appearing goons and thugs, a slingshot, a Game Boy......and that's just in the first half. I found this to be a fun and action-packed story with an appealing heroine. It will definitely satisfy readers looking for a traditional detective story with a modern protagonist. While there's no real reinventing the wheel here with a tough-talking female PI with a troubled past, the book knows what it is and executes its goals very well in a very fun way. Good plot and even better characters and dialogue. Though this book had a little more of a multiple wise-guys vibe than I usually like in my mysteries, I was charmed by Nikki, and liked her and the book enough to pick up the first book in the series as well. I didn't have any trouble enjoying this one without reading the first. Four solid stars for Nikki with the dream detective/bookstore/femme fatale life, and I look forward to reading the first book in the series. Thanks to Flatiron Books, NetGalley, and the author for the ARC and the introduction to Nikki.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    ARC review: I really enjoyed the first book in this series, but One Got Away really did not hold my interest. I've given it 2 stars. Recap: Bookstore owner and PI Nikki Griffin is approached by a society family to track down a conman who has targeted the family's matriarch. She soon discovers that the family has plenty of their own secrets (an estranged artist daughter, one brother grievously injured in a drive by accident, and more), and that "Mom" is far from a helpless old widow. She enlists t ARC review: I really enjoyed the first book in this series, but One Got Away really did not hold my interest. I've given it 2 stars. Recap: Bookstore owner and PI Nikki Griffin is approached by a society family to track down a conman who has targeted the family's matriarch. She soon discovers that the family has plenty of their own secrets (an estranged artist daughter, one brother grievously injured in a drive by accident, and more), and that "Mom" is far from a helpless old widow. She enlists the help of her chop-shop friend Buster, a retired newspaper man, and a nosy child named Malcolm to track down the con man. Review: I really liked the inclusion of these characters, but I found the story really quite implausible, and I was frustrated by all the time and text devoted to driving up and down the California coast. I do wish the bookstore staff and client's featured a little more heavily in book 2 like they did in book 1. Lastly, I found it hard to connect with Nikki's form of vigilantism.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Gulshan B.

    The best thing about this book is its speed, and snappy interaction between the characters. S.A. Lelchuk's One Got Away is a thriller, the second in a series which clearly is being groomed to go far and long, and I daresay - seems to have potential. Nikki can clearly remember the experiences in her earlier escapade, and is beginning to settle into life with her almost-boyfriend, Ethan, when she gets her second assignment. On the face of it, the case seems uncommonly domestic and while it raises a The best thing about this book is its speed, and snappy interaction between the characters. S.A. Lelchuk's One Got Away is a thriller, the second in a series which clearly is being groomed to go far and long, and I daresay - seems to have potential. Nikki can clearly remember the experiences in her earlier escapade, and is beginning to settle into life with her almost-boyfriend, Ethan, when she gets her second assignment. On the face of it, the case seems uncommonly domestic and while it raises an eyebrow from her, she decides to take it. It soon snowballs into something she could never have imagined - and, in this case, neither could I, the reader. The story meanders quite a bit - and in quite the most delicious sort of way, reminding me of long-forgotten Raymond Chandler and the days of gumshoe detectives. She plods along, finding one link after another, and slowly, laboriously but definitely, making her way up the food chain to find the apex predator that's behind all she now finds herself a part of. What starts off as a domestic squabble soon turns into something far more social (!), and the more she digs, the deeper she finds herself - no surprises there. What set this book apart from some others of its genre was its easy read, and easier flowing interactions. It made it very easy - and likely - to want to follow Nikki, to find out what's going on. She and Buster are a force to reckon with, and it was somewhere during the second half that it began reminding me - repeatedly so, I must add - of the earliest Reacher stories, like Die Trying and Worth Dying For and Tripwire. The first book in this series had been favorably compared to Jack Reacher, and that Nikki was a soon-to-be female Reacher. While that book was not nearly as cleanly presented, this one turns out better at that. It nicely conjures up an image of a lone, persistent PI, who will simply not stop. The situations and locations are well presented - locales far outside of normal day-to-day life for most of us, and that again added to the Reacher-like persona. The deserted roads, the desolate motels, the decrepit rooms, the lowlifes eyeing her lasciviously - all made for good build-up to the confrontation you're sure is coming. What eventually detracted me from the perfect image were two things. I mentioned earlier about the easy-flowing conversation. The problem with imagining such an easy-flowing conversation is it doesn't seem to belong between adversaries. Folks who are keen on killing each other don't talk so much, and definitely not so smoothly. Normally, when you read about difficult conversations, a good author will try and introduce delays in responses from both sides, making it seem like a troubled, and pained effort to make conversation - when both parties would rather just talk with their hands or their guns. You'd find at least responses buffered with thoughts, or descriptions, or - at the very least - not provide long winding and descriptive responses at all. Not so here. I went back and checked my opinions about the first Nikki G. book - I had the exact same reaction there as well. The characters were all too eager to talk, too much. A second gripe I had with the book was its ending. I can easily imagine the need - and urge - to provide in those last pages one final twist, that no one could have seen coming. I just felt it could have been made a little more plausible, and - one would have sufficed (!). It was not a very deep storyline overall, and the ending stretched it even thinner. Finally, though, the last chapter was surprisingly sweetly written, and I found myself looking forward to wanting to read more of her adventures. My thanks the author S.A. Lelchuk, publisher Flatiron Books, and NetGalley for providing a complimentary ARC for an honest review.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jill

    Bookstore owner Nikki Griffin can find you a copy of A Wrinkle in Time. She can recommend a good book based on your favorite. She can talk Steinbeck and Hemingway. And she can hunt down a missing person or find a blackmailer with nothing more than a phony VIN number and a couple of calls to friends. Whether she’s working as a bookseller or private investigator, she is not to be trifled with. When Martin Johannessen hires Nikki to look into his mother’s dalliance, she is skeptical. An old money f Bookstore owner Nikki Griffin can find you a copy of A Wrinkle in Time. She can recommend a good book based on your favorite. She can talk Steinbeck and Hemingway. And she can hunt down a missing person or find a blackmailer with nothing more than a phony VIN number and a couple of calls to friends. Whether she’s working as a bookseller or private investigator, she is not to be trifled with. When Martin Johannessen hires Nikki to look into his mother’s dalliance, she is skeptical. An old money family, the Johannessens wouldn’t go out of their way to draw attention to themselves. But Martin mentions that maybe this man has been taking advantage of his mother and her generosity, so Nikki agrees to do a little digging. She talks to Martin’s siblings for more information, and then se follows the man when he heads our of San Francisco. She picks up his trail in Monterrey, and just as things get even more complicated, Martin calls her back to San Francisco to fire her. He explains that the situation resolved itself, and her P.I. services are no longer necessary. But Nikki disagrees, and she goes around him to the matriarch herself to get re-hired to jump back in the fray. With little more information than a Mercedes VIN number, Nikki gets some help from a friend with experience in the car theft business, and she makes her way to all the answers she needs. Coming up against stupid crooks, misogynists, lowlifes, narcissists, career criminals, and genuinely dangerous men, Nikki keeps her wits about her and uses her brains as well as her fists (and a small arsenal) to stay alive and find a sort of frontier justice in her fight against these bad men. Careful to hurt only those who deserve it, Nikki stays true to herself and her values while maneuvering through levels of deception, crime, and manipulation. S.A. Lelchuk’s One Got Away is more than a taut P.I. novel. It’s the story of an anti-hero, a woman who sets out to avenge the wrong done to her and her brother by setting wrongs right for others. This is only the second novel in the Nikki Griffin series, but it’s already destined for the screen. I really enjoyed One Got Away. Griffin is a strong woman who doesn’t shy away from difficult situations or dangerous people, which makes some of these scenes difficult to read. But the writing is excellent, and seeing Griffin go after her own personal retribution is gratifying. It’ not perfect, and it’s brutal in places, but it’s also enjoyable (if you have a strong stomach), and sprinkled liberally with moments of genuine warmth and literary references. . Egalleys for One Got Away were provided by Flatiron Books through NetGalley, with many thanks.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Bookreporter.com Mystery & Thriller

    Ever since I read S.A. Lelchuk’s series opener, SAVE ME FROM DANGEROUS MEN, I haven’t stopped thinking about protagonist Nikki Griffin --- a complicated, haunted heroine who owns a bookstore and has a few secrets up her sleeve. I was eager to pick up the next book in the series, and ONE GOT AWAY doesn’t disappoint. It adds even more dimension and complexity to this memorable character. Nikki is in a pretty good place as the novel opens. Her brother has finally kicked his drug habit and seems happ Ever since I read S.A. Lelchuk’s series opener, SAVE ME FROM DANGEROUS MEN, I haven’t stopped thinking about protagonist Nikki Griffin --- a complicated, haunted heroine who owns a bookstore and has a few secrets up her sleeve. I was eager to pick up the next book in the series, and ONE GOT AWAY doesn’t disappoint. It adds even more dimension and complexity to this memorable character. Nikki is in a pretty good place as the novel opens. Her brother has finally kicked his drug habit and seems happy with his job at a restaurant and a budding romance. Nikki, too, is enjoying her relationship with academic Ethan. Sure, he’s pressuring her to move in together, but the idea isn’t unpleasant --- and he possesses the attractive trait of knowing when not to ask questions about her other job when she’s not running her bookstore. It's a good thing, because Nikki is about to launch into one of the more intense weeks of her career as a quasi–private detective. She’s hired by Martin Johannessen, who’s part of an ultra-wealthy pharmaceutical family. The family matriarch has begun a romantic liaison with Geoffrey Coombs, a handsome, much younger man who (according to Martin) is a sophisticated con man aiming to fleece Martin’s mother out of millions. Nikki is hired to keep an eye on the charming Coombs, but soon starts to suspect that he’s engaging in a complicated (and fantastically expensive) cat-and-mouse game. When that game culminates at a luxurious resort near Monterey, and the two of them strike up a conversation, Nikki surprises herself when she’s drawn into their flirtatious banter. But even as Nikki draws closer to Coombs, she starts gathering hints and warnings that lead her to suspect there might be more to this story than Martin initially revealed. And when a group of thugs shows up in Monterey, also on the hunt for a very frightened Coombs, Nikki begins to believe that there might be more to the story than Martin ever realized. ONE GOT AWAY is a delightfully complicated mystery, one that constantly keeps readers --- much like Nikki herself --- on their toes. It’s also extremely violent in parts, and Nikki engages in behaviors that sometimes fall on the wrong side of ethical. But those who enjoy its twists and turns will be eagerly awaiting the next adventure. For one thing, Nikki takes on an unexpected (and surprisingly endearing) sidekick for part of her investigation, and readers will want to see more of their dynamic. For another, there are new complications in her romantic life, developments that I am sure will continue to be explored in subsequent books. I imagine that once again I’ll continue thinking about Nikki Griffin until Lelchuk releases the next installment in the series. Reviewed by Norah Piehl

  13. 4 out of 5

    Joanna Concertine

    One Got Away by S.A. Lelchuk is the second book in the Nikki Griffith series. I won this book in an Instagram giveaway by Flatiron Books so while I hadn't read the first novel, I was still very much looking forward to reading this one. Nikki Griffith is a bookstore owner/private investigator who will track down all the creepy bad guys for a fee. Not being familiar with the series, I was nervous about a disconnect between the first book and this one, but it worked well as a stand-alone and the wri One Got Away by S.A. Lelchuk is the second book in the Nikki Griffith series. I won this book in an Instagram giveaway by Flatiron Books so while I hadn't read the first novel, I was still very much looking forward to reading this one. Nikki Griffith is a bookstore owner/private investigator who will track down all the creepy bad guys for a fee. Not being familiar with the series, I was nervous about a disconnect between the first book and this one, but it worked well as a stand-alone and the writing was enough to hook me. As I read, though, I started to get annoyed with the characters. For one, every person feels like a shallow stereotype; all the people Nikki meets are extremely cliché and predictable. For example, take the premise of the novel: a wealthy client meets with Nikki to investigate a man he believes is conning his socialite, stupidly-rich mother. When Nikki meets this man she seems to already know the situation is cliché because in the narration we read she says, “I'm surprised he didn't say, 'leave no stone unturned'.” And then believe it or not, he says it! So cliché! I mean, if you say so, Nikki. I haven't read enough PI novels to know what the client is going to ask for, but you said it, not me. Anyway, this made me feel like Nikki thinks she's smarter than everyone she meets which, spoiler alert, she does. She also felt like a stereotype of a man's dream girl: super hot, book AND street smart, and uber cool because she rides a motorcycle. Anybody you come across in the novel is going to remind you how hot she is, so don't forget it. It's apparently super important. There's also a mafia boss with a crew of henchmen; a lot of gun fights; a tough guy who gets shot and doesn't care; a fancy, rich heiress; oh, and ethics. Nikki's got mad ethics. So overall the book was pretty exciting, it was cool to find out what was gonna happen next even though it was just more people being predictable (but not because the author wrote them that way, just because we all know people are SO predictable, right? [They're not.] But because stereotypes are predictable, obviously.) So yeah, I guess in the end Nikki was super predictable and I'm not sure whether that was a good thing or a bad thing. So to wrap it all up, this book had me somewhere in between 3 and 4 stars. There were a couple of moments I can think back on that felt they could authentically happen in real life, but the fact that everyone is a glaring stereotype got pretty annoying. So round up? Round down? It's a tough call. But there were some pretty nice writing moments that saved this review and that takes it up to 4 stars for me. Thank you to the publisher Flatiron Books for hosting the giveaway and gifting me an eARC of this book!

  14. 5 out of 5

    La Femme Readers

    As a low-profile private investigator, Nikki Griffin's secret mission in life is to remove women from unsafe conditions and punish the men involved. A new case arises when a conman deceives one of the wealthiest San Francisco matriarchs. Her enraged son hires Nikki to find the swindler and the stolen money. As Nikki follows the trail toward this mysterious figure, the truth isn't what it seems. When the case takes a different turn, how will Nikki protect herself and the innocent people around he As a low-profile private investigator, Nikki Griffin's secret mission in life is to remove women from unsafe conditions and punish the men involved. A new case arises when a conman deceives one of the wealthiest San Francisco matriarchs. Her enraged son hires Nikki to find the swindler and the stolen money. As Nikki follows the trail toward this mysterious figure, the truth isn't what it seems. When the case takes a different turn, how will Nikki protect herself and the innocent people around her?⠀ ⠀ ONE GOT AWAY is the second installment to the dynamically written Nikki Griffin series. The main focus of the first novel, SAVE ME FROM DANGEROUS MEN, was Nikki's revenge. This time around, I delightfully experienced the new and improved version of herself. I missed Nikki's badass attitude immensely. Every time she took off her motorcycle helmet, I pictured this stunning leather jacket-wearing goddess in slow motion. Also, it was pleasant seeing Nikki let go of the past trauma and connecting with people on a more profound level.⠀ ⠀ The case was quite fascinating to unravel, with so many twists! It brought a sense of fear to the plot, especially as Nikki dove deeper into a world of crime and mafia. But, let's face it, there is nothing this woman can't do. And as for the con artist, I don't want to say too much, but I found him to be one dashing fella! Another fresh aspect was the opening of Mason's character, a bright eyed-little boy who latched on Nikki. Their bond was cute yet sad because of Mason's family background.⠀ ⠀ Now, even though I'm not one for private investigator-type plots, Nikki Griffin and Lelchuk's writing pulls me in every time! As an advocate for abusive women, I'll forever respect her character and everything she stands for. Luckily, if you haven't read the series's start, you can still read ONE GOT AWAY without being lost. There is enough backstory to continue and relish in Nikki's deadly crime-fighting ways. Lelchuk's well-drafted work is like fine wine; it gets tastier with time. I can't wait to see what happens next!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Elaine

    Thank you to NetGalley for an ARC of One Got Away. I read the first book in the series and though I liked the premise and the character of PI Nikki Griffin, there had been elements I didn't enjoy as much as I had hoped. I was pleased when my request was approved. I'm always apprehensive about the second book in a series because sequels have a bad rep. But, I'm glad to say One Got Away has reestablished my faith in the series. ** Minor spoilers ahead ** PI Nikki Griffin is back on the job. Thank you to NetGalley for an ARC of One Got Away. I read the first book in the series and though I liked the premise and the character of PI Nikki Griffin, there had been elements I didn't enjoy as much as I had hoped. I was pleased when my request was approved. I'm always apprehensive about the second book in a series because sequels have a bad rep. But, I'm glad to say One Got Away has reestablished my faith in the series. ** Minor spoilers ahead ** PI Nikki Griffin is back on the job. Hired to look into a con man by the son of a wealthy, famous and privileged family in San Francisco, what seems to be a simple job unravels quickly to include family secrets, blackmail, sexual trafficking, and a young boy in need of an ally and friend. At the same time, her personal life is going well. Her bookstore is booming with readers. Her brother is healthy and considering his own entrepreneurial pursuits. Her steady boyfriend, Ethan, is the same intelligent, kind and generous partner most women would dream of having. And, Nikki is still her kickass self, protecting the innocent and vulnerable, throwing punches first (sometimes) and asking questions later. Are there scenes that might push your disbelief meter to the edge? Sure, but the author handles the scenes deftly, skirting the line between believability and hard-to-believe carefully. It's also nice to see Nikki interacting and working with her allies; in this sequel, readers get to see Buster in action. The best parts, in my opinion, are when Nikki deals with matters close to home; caring for her new sidekick, Mason, and doling out the proper justice to his father; spending time with her brother, and unraveling the tangled, dramatic threads of the Johannessen family. It's rare when I like the second book better than the first, but this time, I feel it applies here. I really enjoyed Nikki's second adventure and look forward to the next book, hopefully with more of her brother and Mason in it.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    4.5 stars. One Got Away by S.A. Lelchuk is a fast-paced mystery featuring a strong woman lead.  Although this newest release is the second installment in the Nikki Griffin series, it can be read as a standalone. Nikki Griffin co-owns a prosperous bookstore in Berkeley, CA. She is also a private detective with a unique sense of justice. Her latest case appears to be a straightforward investigation, but Nikki is in for a surprise when it takes a dark turn. Not one to back off from uncovering the tru 4.5 stars. One Got Away by S.A. Lelchuk is a fast-paced mystery featuring a strong woman lead.  Although this newest release is the second installment in the Nikki Griffin series, it can be read as a standalone. Nikki Griffin co-owns a prosperous bookstore in Berkeley, CA. She is also a private detective with a unique sense of justice. Her latest case appears to be a straightforward investigation, but Nikki is in for a surprise when it takes a dark turn. Not one to back off from uncovering the truth, she convinces another member of the very wealthy Johannessen family it is in their best interest to keep her on the payroll. Nikki has no idea where her quest for the truth is going to take her, but she is not going to stop until she has uncovered every secret the Johannessen is trying to keep hidden. Nikki is intrigued when Martin Johannessen hires her to investigate his octogenarian mother’s latest man toy Dr. Geoffrey Coombs. Martin believes Coombs has taken advantage of dear old mom since she has given him quite a bit of money. As soon as Nikki begins looking into Coombs, he takes off. With a little bit of help from an observant twelve-year-old, she locates Coombs and insinuates herself into his evening. But Nikki finds herself in a precarious situation as Coombs turns the tables on her and his recent past catches up with him. Will Nikki unearth the truth about who is targeting the Johannessen family? And more importantly, why? One Got Away is a multi-layered mystery with a clever storyline. Nikki is a smart and gutsy woman who is more than capable of taking care of herself. The plot is engaging with plenty of action. With a brilliant series of shocking revelations, S.A. Lelchuk brings this riveting mystery to an unexpected, yet completely satisfying, conclusion. I completely enjoyed and highly recommend this second installment in the Nikki Griffin series to fans of the genre.

  17. 5 out of 5

    3 no 7

    “One Got Away” is the second in the “Nikki Griffin” series; new readers will immediately be captured by the characters and the action, wondering how they missed the first book. The story is set in central California and reflects the unique geography and culture of the area, but the story is all Nikki from start to finish -- the places she goes, the people she finds, and how she feels about everything. Nikki owns a bookstore along with Bartleby, the bookstore’s normally social resident feline. Sh “One Got Away” is the second in the “Nikki Griffin” series; new readers will immediately be captured by the characters and the action, wondering how they missed the first book. The story is set in central California and reflects the unique geography and culture of the area, but the story is all Nikki from start to finish -- the places she goes, the people she finds, and how she feels about everything. Nikki owns a bookstore along with Bartleby, the bookstore’s normally social resident feline. She rides a motorcycle, so she has no trouble finding parking spots where ever she goes. Her “significant other” Ethan is an adjunct professor on a tenure track at Cal. He wants their relationship to grow and progress; Nikki just wants to make it to tomorrow. She tells herself that she really is not ready for a long-term relationship. In truth, she might be fine without Ethan, but she would not be the same; she needs him more than she knows. Nikki’s current assignment, a simple request for information, nothing illegal had happened, somehow turns into a very complex, and of course, dangerous situation. She ventures beyond the scope of the original request but is compelled to finish what she started. Readers enthusiastically go along for the wild ride with her. “One Got Away” is a compelling adventure where everyone has little secrets and everyone is a bit deceitful. The plot is deliberate, focused, and filled with the unexpected right up to the frantic end. I received a review copy of “One Got Away” from S. A. Lelchuk and Flatiron Books. My advice is to plan your reading time carefully, once you start on this journey with Nikki, you will not stop until you reach the last page.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Laura (crofteereader)

    This one was way more complicated than Save Me From Dangerous Men. There were a lot more moving parts, and not all of them were fully reinforced. We have Nikki, our badass not-above-bending-the-rules PI - except she takes a job from a really rich family, which already puts us away from her previous more "even the playing field" style. Like, she feels less like a force of justice (or at least balance) and more like someone just working for a paycheck. Then we have Coombs. I didn't understand his This one was way more complicated than Save Me From Dangerous Men. There were a lot more moving parts, and not all of them were fully reinforced. We have Nikki, our badass not-above-bending-the-rules PI - except she takes a job from a really rich family, which already puts us away from her previous more "even the playing field" style. Like, she feels less like a force of justice (or at least balance) and more like someone just working for a paycheck. Then we have Coombs. I didn't understand his gravity and effect on Nikki at all. She makes all these decisions relative to him and it's like she forgot she was a badass. There are still definitely some badass moments, but if there was meant to be genuine connection between them, I think we needed more than what we got. We've also got some other really unusual side characters who come and go. Buster and Chris (or was it Charles?) speak to a less-than-legal past for Nikki, but we don't actually see that. It's a problem I often have with the PI angle: where do these connections come from? And then there's Mason, but talking more about Mason would be spoilery. But once we got to Nikki bashing heads and taking names, I was all for it. She's clever with her methods and it added to the unique vibe of the book and Nikki's character. It also had the very classic Christie-esque "confrontation" ending. Overall, I definitely preferred the tension of Save Me From Dangerous Men - especially when the consequences of the two novels are compared - but I like Nikki enough that I would read another book. {Thank you Flatiron Books for the advanced copy in exchange for my honest review; all thoughts are my own}

  19. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    Having enjoyed S. A. Lelchuck's previous Nikki Griffin book, Save Me From Dangerous Men, I was pleased to find book two was available. This time, our intrepid P.I. is on the case for a man furious that his mother--head of one of the wealthiest and most influential families in California--has been taken in by a con man (I immediately got shades of Dr. Phil episodes in which desperate daughters try to get their mothers to see the light that Mr. Right, trapped in Uganda and needing just 20 grand mor Having enjoyed S. A. Lelchuck's previous Nikki Griffin book, Save Me From Dangerous Men, I was pleased to find book two was available. This time, our intrepid P.I. is on the case for a man furious that his mother--head of one of the wealthiest and most influential families in California--has been taken in by a con man (I immediately got shades of Dr. Phil episodes in which desperate daughters try to get their mothers to see the light that Mr. Right, trapped in Uganda and needing just 20 grand more to secure transportation to the US, is in, fact, not real). Nikki doesn't need much prodding. She is very much not a fan of men who hurt women. But when she gets deeper on the trail of the con man, she realizes no one is telling her the truth, and it won't be long until her life is in serious danger. This was a quickly paced thrill ride, though the plot and characters are outlandishly far fetched. Somehow this works (with the exception of the head gangster--I annoyingly read all of his parts in the character of Marlon Brando's Don Vito Corleone. Even more annoying considering I've never actually seen The Godfather), and though Nikki still reminds me of some male fantasy of a comic book heroine, well, I've definitely read worse women written by men. This book doesn't require deep thoughts--you just let the pages take you on a ridiculous journey that's quite fun if you can suspend your disbelief. Thank you to Gallery Books and NetGalley for making this review copy available; I can't wait to see what adventures Nikki goes on next.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kayla (krakentoagoodbook)

    This was a decent thriller overall! I really liked seeing how everything comes together in the end. The pacing was alright - I did lose some interest in the middle, but it did pick up by the end. Everyone has things to hide, so this definitely kept things interesting. The mystery also went in a direction I didn't expect, so that was nice! I haven't actually read the first book in this series, but I thought it was completely fine to jump in here. I'm sure I've missed some of the background inform This was a decent thriller overall! I really liked seeing how everything comes together in the end. The pacing was alright - I did lose some interest in the middle, but it did pick up by the end. Everyone has things to hide, so this definitely kept things interesting. The mystery also went in a direction I didn't expect, so that was nice! I haven't actually read the first book in this series, but I thought it was completely fine to jump in here. I'm sure I've missed some of the background information that we get in book 1, but this did a pretty good job of filling in the important bits. The mystery here is also self-contained. Nikki was fine overall. I liked how she tries to help out a kid here and do the right thing. She isn't afraid to get her hands dirty to do so! She is somewhat motivated by revenge and trauma to protect women and children from dangerous situations and punish those responsible. Without having read the first book, I was still able to mostly figure out some of the relevant information about her past, so I could understand her motivations. Overall, I did have an enjoyable time with this, though I don't know if it's a series I will necessarily continue. There are content warnings for violence and child abuse here. I won a giveaway copy of this from the publisher (fulfilled via NetGalley) - thank you! All opinions are my own.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Abigale

    I absolutely loved the first Nikki Griffin book. I was so excited to read this book when I was able to get an advanced copy on netgalley. I had a hard time deciding if I wanted to give 4 or 5 stars because I really like the book! Nikki is a strong female character who doesn't compromise and doesn't like people who take advantage of women. In this book we saw softer side of Nikki and a bit of her history. I was disappointed in Nikki at certain points because I felt that she wasn't written as stro I absolutely loved the first Nikki Griffin book. I was so excited to read this book when I was able to get an advanced copy on netgalley. I had a hard time deciding if I wanted to give 4 or 5 stars because I really like the book! Nikki is a strong female character who doesn't compromise and doesn't like people who take advantage of women. In this book we saw softer side of Nikki and a bit of her history. I was disappointed in Nikki at certain points because I felt that she wasn't written as strong in this book as she was in the first. But maybe she is just maturing? We also didn't get to see a lot of her current life, her boyfriend, her bookstore friends and her brother. The first book I really loved seeing her human side at home and awesome kick butt side at work. I hope there is a third book and they are back in a bigger spot again!!! What I did love! The mystery as this story unfolded was awesome. Just when I thought the story was over... shock... there was more! This book wasn't predictable, I very much appreciate that Lelchuk is able to tell a good story but unlike other authors didn't go on and on just to add sex and violence to the pages. The story had the right balance of everything and I highly recommend diving into Nikki's world! I just reviewed One Got Away by S. A. Lelchuk. #onegotaway #netgalley

  22. 5 out of 5

    Indre

    Not sure how to feel about this book. First, I didn't check to see if this was part of a series - and it is. It is a second book in Nikki Griffin series. Haven't read the first one - but still wasn't lost with the characters or the story line. I might not know a lot about our protagonist, I still got the jist of who she is and where she comes from. So, that said. The story is missing something for me. Yes, we have a completely grey character, who's compass, as she so notably has said sometimes d Not sure how to feel about this book. First, I didn't check to see if this was part of a series - and it is. It is a second book in Nikki Griffin series. Haven't read the first one - but still wasn't lost with the characters or the story line. I might not know a lot about our protagonist, I still got the jist of who she is and where she comes from. So, that said. The story is missing something for me. Yes, we have a completely grey character, who's compass, as she so notably has said sometimes doesn't point north. I really appreciate that - she will do what needs to be done, especially if the opposing party is a bad one. The story had a lot of different parts to it, but it wasn't gripping for me. It kept moving slowly, and drawn out, probably why it took me a couple of weeks to finish it. I just wasn't invested to HAVE to know what is happening and why. It also had a lot of side characters, which I have no idea if they are new, or if their connection comes from the first book. There was a connection to each one that wasn't explained fully - am I missing something, or is it setting something up for future books. Like I said, I didn't hate it, but I didn't love it. Maybe I need to read the first book to appreciate Nikki more. BTW she is a badass.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Sharon Grow

    I really enjoyed this second book and can’t wait to read the first one as well as any future books in this series. P.I. Nikki Griffin’s brother Brandon has turned his life around, her bookstore is making money which helps with her investigative work and her relationship with Ethan is good as he allows her the space that she needs. Life is good…until she is hired by a very wealthy family who may have been swindled by a conman. She chases down leads that put her life in danger, but she is used to I really enjoyed this second book and can’t wait to read the first one as well as any future books in this series. P.I. Nikki Griffin’s brother Brandon has turned his life around, her bookstore is making money which helps with her investigative work and her relationship with Ethan is good as he allows her the space that she needs. Life is good…until she is hired by a very wealthy family who may have been swindled by a conman. She chases down leads that put her life in danger, but she is used to people underestimating her abilities. She soon realizes that the conman is involved in something more deadly than fleecing an older woman and that the family has not been completely truthful. She gets help from her quirky friends and her “sidekick” Mason, a twelve-year old boy who has been abused by his father (I really enjoyed the interaction between Nikki and Mason and her “handling” of his father). A great action and suspense mystery featuring a woman who never gives up, but does get even. I received an advance review copy at no cost and without obligation for an honest review. (by paytonpuppy)

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen Gray

    Honestly- I love this series (and this will still be terrific as a standalone). Nikki's been through a lot in her life and now she gives back in a unique way. She owns a bookstore, has a weakness for readers (especially kids who read), and, in her spare time, such as it is, does not exactly PI work but more problem solving. Martin, the youngest son of a big-Pharma family, is concerned that his mother has been taken by a grifter and wants him found. Turns out there's a lot (a lot) more to the sto Honestly- I love this series (and this will still be terrific as a standalone). Nikki's been through a lot in her life and now she gives back in a unique way. She owns a bookstore, has a weakness for readers (especially kids who read), and, in her spare time, such as it is, does not exactly PI work but more problem solving. Martin, the youngest son of a big-Pharma family, is concerned that his mother has been taken by a grifter and wants him found. Turns out there's a lot (a lot) more to the story. Geoffrey Coombs is a con man, for sure, but looking for him pulls out a twister (and more violent) tale. This one has great twists, including some that surprised even this veteran reader of tis genre. While it's extremely plot driven (and compulsively readable), it's the characters that stand out, starting with Nikki, of course. Her love interest Ethan is great, Mason the airplane loving kid is terrific, and oh that family. Thanks to the publisher for the ARC. I know some will find this implausible but is it? There's humor, great references to other books, and all in all, it's a fun read.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Juli Sante

    One Got Away is the second outing for bad ass private Investigator, vigilante, and bookstore owner Nikki Griffin. If you haven't read the first book, Save Me From Dangerous Men, you won't have any trouble starting with this one, although, I highly recommend reading the first because it is also a good read. Nikki is hired by the son of a wealthy San Francisco matriarch to find the the con man that stole from her. It soon becomes evident that the family has their own secrets. There are some twists One Got Away is the second outing for bad ass private Investigator, vigilante, and bookstore owner Nikki Griffin. If you haven't read the first book, Save Me From Dangerous Men, you won't have any trouble starting with this one, although, I highly recommend reading the first because it is also a good read. Nikki is hired by the son of a wealthy San Francisco matriarch to find the the con man that stole from her. It soon becomes evident that the family has their own secrets. There are some twists in the story and some of the situations that Nikki gets into are not too realistic, but the story moves along at a fast clip. Nikki has a couple of sidekicks that help her. Mason, an eleven year old boy, and Buster. Nikki lives by her own code and that motivates her to how she punishes those who have committed the acts. This is a quick read. The author writes a good PI procedural. I look forward to Nikki's next case. Thank you to NetGalley for an ARC of this book. The review is my own.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Susan Tunis

    4.5 stars. Mr. Lelchuk is a recent discovery, and I really liked his debut novel, Save Me From Dangerous Men--the first in this series--a lot, with some minor reservations. This follow-up is, if anything, better than the first, and any reservations I had are gone. When book three comes out next year, it'll be a must read. It doesn't hurt that his protagonist sells books and kicks ass. She actually doesn't seem to spend much time selling books at all. Working as a PI seems to take up almost all of 4.5 stars. Mr. Lelchuk is a recent discovery, and I really liked his debut novel, Save Me From Dangerous Men--the first in this series--a lot, with some minor reservations. This follow-up is, if anything, better than the first, and any reservations I had are gone. When book three comes out next year, it'll be a must read. It doesn't hurt that his protagonist sells books and kicks ass. She actually doesn't seem to spend much time selling books at all. Working as a PI seems to take up almost all of her time, and she's got an interesting case this time around. But what elevates this series over many others is that it's character-driven as much as it's plot-driven. In addition to protagonist Nikki Griffin, Mr. Lelchuk has created a pretty terrific supporting cast, and they all make at least a limited appearance. There's also a new character introduced in this one--well, a couple of them, really--that I sure hope we see again. Sophomore novels are telling, and this one is telling me that S.A. Lelchuk is a writer to watch!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    Nikki Griffin would tell anyone that she’s just a simple bookstore owner but her side hustle is quite dangerous. You see Nikki is also a private investigator and she specializes in teaching men who hurt women a lesson. In One Got Away, Nikki is hired by a wealthy San Francisco family to track down a con man who is blackmailing their matriarch. As Nikki follows the trail of the con man she realizes there is more to this story than what she was told, and lives are at stake. I absolutely loved Nikki Nikki Griffin would tell anyone that she’s just a simple bookstore owner but her side hustle is quite dangerous. You see Nikki is also a private investigator and she specializes in teaching men who hurt women a lesson. In One Got Away, Nikki is hired by a wealthy San Francisco family to track down a con man who is blackmailing their matriarch. As Nikki follows the trail of the con man she realizes there is more to this story than what she was told, and lives are at stake. I absolutely loved Nikki Griffin in Save Me From Dangerous Men and was so excited to hear that Nikki was getting a series. One Got Away is the second book in the series and follows Nikki on another dangerous adventure. Nikki’s character reminds me of another badass vigilante female character, Lisbeth Salander. This book (and series) is quite the page turner and I couldn’t put it down. I really hope that the author continues the series! I won an e-ARC of One Got Away in a giveaway. All opinions are my own.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Emilee (emileereadsbooks)

    Thanks to Macmillan Audio and Flatiron Books for the complimentary audiobook. I read book 2 first (this book), but I loved the character of Nikki Griffin so much that I had to go put book 1 on hold at the library immediately! I love Nikki as a character. She is tough and resolute in her beliefs but soft hearted when warranted.  When Nikki is hired by the elite Johannessen family, she thinks she is just tracking down a conman who targeted a very wealthy elderly woman. But soon she is pulled into a w Thanks to Macmillan Audio and Flatiron Books for the complimentary audiobook. I read book 2 first (this book), but I loved the character of Nikki Griffin so much that I had to go put book 1 on hold at the library immediately! I love Nikki as a character. She is tough and resolute in her beliefs but soft hearted when warranted.  When Nikki is hired by the elite Johannessen family, she thinks she is just tracking down a conman who targeted a very wealthy elderly woman. But soon she is pulled into a web of secrets and danger that she handles in her smart and tenacious manner. Plus her young sidekick in this one was a stellar secondary character and I hope he shows up in book 3 (please tell me there is a book 3!). This is a fast paced action crime thriller that is a fight between good and bad and sometimes lands in the murky middle. I blazed through this book as I found it wildly entertaining. Content Warnings: Addiction, Sex Trafficking, Death, Violence

  29. 4 out of 5

    LivinLaVidaLibros

    I've been so curious on this book and I was glad to have read it. It played like a film noir in my mind, with a strong female lead who was pretty interesting. Nikki Griffin had the good dose of intelligence and compassion, revealing more of herself as the mystery that surrounds her assignment unfolded. At every crumb in her trail that she follows, the reader is taken deeper to find the heart of the story alongside her. Some turns made me pause to try to figure out the connection, such as a small I've been so curious on this book and I was glad to have read it. It played like a film noir in my mind, with a strong female lead who was pretty interesting. Nikki Griffin had the good dose of intelligence and compassion, revealing more of herself as the mystery that surrounds her assignment unfolded. At every crumb in her trail that she follows, the reader is taken deeper to find the heart of the story alongside her. Some turns made me pause to try to figure out the connection, such as a small storyline with a little kid Nikki defends from an absent parent. I actually hoped afterwards that the author is setting up for more interactions with him in future books. It felt a bit misplaced at first but I think it displayed more of character of the protagonist. Overall, it was enjoyable book. Thank you Net Galley, Flat Iron Books and S.A. Lelchuk for the advanced reading copy of the book!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sasha

    Nikki Griffin is a tough PI who owns a bookstore on the side. When she is hired by Martin Johannessen, a member of a wealthy family, she is asked to find a con-man who, according to Martin, is taking advantage of the Johannessen family matriarch. As Griffin works to uncover the truth she finds that there is a lot more going on, both within the Johannessen circle and outside it, putting herself and others in danger. Can Nikki get to the bottom of things before the truth kills her? One Got Away is Nikki Griffin is a tough PI who owns a bookstore on the side. When she is hired by Martin Johannessen, a member of a wealthy family, she is asked to find a con-man who, according to Martin, is taking advantage of the Johannessen family matriarch. As Griffin works to uncover the truth she finds that there is a lot more going on, both within the Johannessen circle and outside it, putting herself and others in danger. Can Nikki get to the bottom of things before the truth kills her? One Got Away is the second novel in the Nikki Griffin series. While I have not read the previous novel, I never felt lost or confused about the characters, their actions or their motives. I always enjoy a strong, female protagonist, and Nikki definitely matches that description; she is a tough, independent woman. The narrative itself was okay; I didn't dislike it, but it did not really stand out or grab me. There were moments where it seemed as though the story was building up to something big and important, only to fizzle out, leaving me wanting more. Thank you to NetGalley and Flatiron Books for the opportunity to read an electronic advanced readers edition of One Got Away in exchange for an honest review; all opinions are my own.

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