Saturday, March 19, 2011 | By: Jason

Modesty (Book Review)

Modesty (Romantic Suspense) (EMM Series)Modesty (Romantic Suspense) by Phillip Thomas Duck
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Review of Modesty (Romantic Suspense) by Phillip Thomas Duck

Every so often, a reviewer will run into a book that is hard to review, Modesty (Romantic Suspense) is one of them.

I give this book a 3.5 – Liked it, but wanted a little more clarity in certain areas of the book.

Modesty (Romantic Suspense) is a strong and emotional story of a rape survivor, “fidelity anthropologist,” and a sexy decoy. Terri Welker, a person who struggles to overcome many obstacles in her life, including her painful past and her current emotional present.

Goodreads Description:

Eight calls...

From an unfamiliar number...

For rape survivor and "infidelity photographer", Terri Welker, the question is far greater than should she answer. The question is: What should she do now that she has been found? Run again? Or stay and fight for the new life she has created photographing cheating spouses for James Boston Investigations?


Modesty is an emotional rollercoaster of a woman who has been hurt and who continues to hurt in so many ways. Modesty does a great job to pull you right into the story and connect with the main character. However, the end of the book closed with many questions left unanswered.

Character Development:

Modesty (Romantic Suspense) is full of main characters that are full of personality and characteristics. Each one is unique in his /her way. However, some of the minor characters are not. Questions like, “Why would he/she do that in this part of the story?” was often asked.   That usually happens when the reader does not know that character well enough, making it hard to predict his or her course of action during a conflict.

Prediction is not always a good thing in books; However, in some cases “reader predictions” help the reader  get  a feel that he or she understand the character well.

Modesty (Romantic Suspense) is also not overloaded with so many characters that it makes it hard to read. This helped the book flow tremendously. The reader will be able to grow and move along with the main character, a big plus.


Modesty (Romantic Suspense) has a very well thought out plot. The book will pull you in right from the start. It will leave you wanting to know more after each chapter. However, the more I read the more questions I had. Sharing my questions here would cause me to add spoilers to this review, so I will not do that. By the last chapter, I noticed that my questions would never be answered. That is not always a bad thing. It is all part of the art of writing.

The protagonist faced some conflict but mostly the conflicts were out of her control. I would have like to see more conflicts and solutions brought on by the main character.


The setting of the book revolves around the life of the protagonist Terri. The author did a great job setting up the scenes to revolve around a painful upbringing and painful circumstances that haunt Terri each day. The settings are full of emotion, not an easy task for any author; however, the author does a great job in Modest.

Book Flow:

Great Book Flow! Fast paced. Well balanced.

Definitely great for a light weekend read.


point FIVE

3.5 out of 5 Shots

Liked It!!


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