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By Theresa de Valence - Posted on 11 February 2011

Karen Hall sent me UNREASONABLE RISK, copyright 2006, with a note that the story might be filled with "too much information." Curious at such modest self-deprecation alongside the book’s arresting cover, it completely bypassed my TBR pile; I picked the book up Sunday afternoon and stayed up past my usual bedtime to finish it.

Hannah Morrison works in an oil refinery as an engineer. Contrary to expectations, details about refinery operations made the story *more* interesting to me. Indeed, there’s a point where Hannah wishes she paid more attention in chemistry class—but I never felt overwhelmed by technical information in the story.

There’s a lot of thrilling catastrophe packed in these pages. Hannah works in a man’s world in steel-toed boots and a hard hat. I like to like the protagonist—because I am she—for the duration of the story anyway. Hannah is smart, healthy and capable. Nicely coincidental to plot events, she turns out to be shy and reserved about some things.

In some very amusing ways, Hannah delights me in being a fellow member of the human race. Sorry, can’t tell you any more; I’m spoiler-averse.

Definitely a good read.

By Karen Hall
© 2006
ArcheBooks Publishing

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