A Glitch in the System by Adam Aust


Reviewed by Lisa Brown-Gilbert

A Glitch in the SystemDebuting as a compelling and uncompromisingly good read, Adam Aust’s A Glitch in the System brings readers the forefront of the thriller genre with its riveting merging of sex, mystery and legal intrigue that has a dominatrix racing against time and the odds to solve an engulfing mystery that is completely destroying her life.

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In a particularly fascinating and intriguingly creative narrative, author Aust treats his readers to a gripper of a story that successfully flows with the spine tingling continuity similar to other well-known thriller writers like John Grisham. The story is steeped in a plot infused with cleverly planned and flowing twists that lend to this being an adventurously scintillating read that you want to finish in one sitting.

Additionally, what is striking about this book is the raw and gritty nature of the story, coupled with alternating and unflinching eyewitness views to the destructive forces at work that use the legal system to utterly destroy the life of the story’s unlikely heroine, Angela Gianni. Angela, a dominatrix with high profile clientele, suddenly finds herself in the midst of a maelstrom after her best friend Samara, a paid escort, disappears after coming to Angela’s home in need of solace and a place to stay after breaking up with her boyfriend Preston Knighton, a charismatic, high profile attorney. Angela becomes alarmed after Samara leaves to get the remainder of her belongings at her ex-boyfriend’s house and never returns.

Naturally dismayed by her friend’s disappearance, Angela seeks help and looks for answers herself. However, she soon finds her normally quiet and successfully discreet life suddenly upended by the discovery of not only her friend’s body; but the bodies of her own boyfriend and another client on her property. Ramrodded by circumstances, Angela finds herself inexorably sucked into a deepening legal abyss swirling with sex, violence, vague memories, deceptions, and far-reaching malicious machinations.

Moreover, although represented by a top-notch attorney specializing in death row cases to represent her, things appear grim for Angela as she suffers tremendously. Her credibility is ruined, her life is continually threatened, and circumstantial evidence that makes her out to be a psychopathic murderer seemingly leaving her with nothing but the path to death row in her future.

Altogether absorbing, I enjoyed A Glitch in the System. It was a terrific adult-themed thriller rich with mystery, fortified by keen storytelling, well planned plot twists, and a uniquely sympathetic heroine. Fans of top-notch thrillers will definitely enjoy this read.