The Sex Club by LJ Sellers
Posted by Range Officer Rhonda on March 28, 2010
Recently, I had the pleasure of being sent two books to review by a person I had never even heard of before – LJ Sellers. As soon as I started reading her work, I just knew this was going to be an important author to follow. I mentioned this first book and it’s topic to an on-line writing group I belong to and almost immediately, people began acquiring the book on their Kindle™ or ordering the book. For matters of disclosure, the book below was provided to me free of charge by the author and the opinions are my own.
Writing about the hard issues and choices that women have is something in which L.J. Sellers excels. In The Sex Club, Sellers tackles the controversial topic of Planned Parenthood, a world-wide organization that provides counseling on sex education, disease transmission and pregnancy options.
A pipe bomb explodes at a birth control clinic and we are introduced to a wonderfully portrayed nurse/heroine named Kera Kollmorgan. One of her clients from the clinic is soon found naked and dead, tossed without regard in a dumpster. There are so many potential suspects and very few clues to lead to any case solution, and the violence continues to escalate as conflicting philosophies and relationships collide. Kera appears to be the target but due to patient privacy issues, a lot of the clinic information cannot be released, even to the police. Add in another level of intensity when you realize that most of the victims are early teens, hardly more than children that are playing a very dangerous game. Secrets abound and the lead detective fears that his own teen daughter may be targeted as well. Kera has realized the connection between the dead girls and the school and churches they all belong too, and rather than reveal the information, starts her own investigation which puts her in the spot light as a target as well. Oh, and add a little politics in there for flavor as a high ranking official becomes under suspicion and the investigators are walking on tenterhooks.
Sellers’ straight forward writing style coupled with a compelling mystery will capture your attention from the start and keep you turning the pages through the thrilling conclusion of this very important topic. The police procedural aspect of the story is well researched and the characters believable in their complexities.