Emerson Knight is introverted, eccentric, and has little to no sense of social etiquette. Good thing he’s also brilliant, rich, and (some people might say) handsome, or he’d probably be homeless. Riley Moon has just graduated from Harvard Business and Harvard Law. Her aggressive Texas spitfire attitude has helped her land her dream job as a junior analyst with mega-bank Blane-Grunwald. At least Riley Moon thought it was her dream job, until she is given her first assignment: babysitting Emerson Knight.
What starts off as an inquiry about missing bank funds in the Knight account leads to inquiries about a missing man, missing gold, and a life-and-death race across the country. Through the streets of Washington, D.C., and down into the underground vault of the Federal Reserve in New York City, an evil plan is exposed. A plan so sinister that only a megalomaniac could think it up, and only the unlikely duo of the irrepressibly charming Emerson Knight and the tenacious Riley Moon can stop it.
What I liked: I loved, loved the characters in Curious Minds. Riley Moon has her dream job but can a mysterious client end her job practically before it begins?
Riley is sent to placate Emerson Knight (known as a nutcase) when he demands to “see” his gold which is handled by Riley’s employer. From the opening scene in Curious Minds right up to the ending, I was totally enraptured with what Emmie would do next. Riley tries to keep him in line and within the law but he has plans of his own even if those plans land them both in hot water.
Not only are Riley and Emmie extremely well written, the secondary characters are given their due with the interactions between the main characters. I must say, even the “bad guys” don’t feel like imaginary characters. If you’ve read any of my reviews, you know, I adore unique, well-written, and developed characters. Emerson is going to the top of my list of characters to re-visit and often.
At first I thought Riley would be Emmie’s straight guy with all the hijinks they get involved in but Riley more than holds her own. I like that although she’s working in the corporate world, she is pretty savvy in most aspects of real down to earth common sense.
The plot, while not entirely believable (at least to me), was extremely entertaining and mayhap thought provoking. I mean, who really does keep an eye on all the gold stored in the United States. That brings me to the next thing I enjoyed about Curious Minds. You can tell the story/plot line concerning gold was very well researched. I learned a lot about gold, it’s history and the rules and regulations in storing and holding it for other countries.
What I didn’t like: As I mentioned, some might find the plot and some of the shenanigans Riley and Emmie get involved in a bit over the top; BUT Curious Minds is so well plotted and written, I think the reader will just enjoy the ride!
I was thoroughly surprised by the latest offering by Ms Evanovich in partnership with Phoef Sutton. Loved it and it made me laugh!
I was provided an ARC of Curious Minds by NetGalley for a fair and honest review.