Welcome to this week’s Sunday Book Review. I was delighted to receive an ARC copy of Stevie Turner’s latest release – Examining Kitchen Cupboards. I found the title quite clever as soon as I realized the premise of the book. Stevie has taken a true controversial event about some misdoings taking place with college entrance exams kept locked in a ‘cupboard’ and created an intriguing discovery and chase down in search of the culprits behind this shady occurrence.
Jill Hayes discovers that not all is as it seems in her new post as a college examinations administrator. When she turns whistle-blower and tries to report her findings to the authorities, she is horrified to discover that some people will stop at nothing to ensure her silence.
For readers’ information:
Although the characters and college are fictional, the actual exam question that sparked Jill’s nightmare is a genuine one from 1999.
My 5 Star Review:
Stevie Turner never disappoints. From her fictional family sagas to her nonfiction, and mystery/thrillers, she knows how to keep a reader engaged. In this telling book, Turner takes us into a story, which begins with Jill Hayes – a college examinations admin whose curiosity leads to her discovery that something is awry with the exams given to high school students for their college entrance exams – the questions are much too junior for the high school age level students, making it a cinch for them to get accepted to college. As Jill delves deeper into the basis for such juvenile questions, her life becomes threatened and we’re taken into a whole other world of corporate greed at the expense of student’s education and government funding.
Jill’s personal investigations lead right to the higher ups involved in the ring, and through the unveiling of her findings, we are led into the private lives of these criminals and colorful characters, spreading beyond the discoveries into international crime, lies, affairs and ultimately, murder.
Based on a factual occurrence of the exam findings, this book had me engrossed on the topic itself, but Turner takes the situation to a whole new level with the plot and intrigue created in this story. A fun, short and engrossing read for a cozy thriller reading escape.