Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers’ Favorite
No Good Deed: Intertwined Souls Series, Book 5 is an historical fantasy written by Mary D. Brooks. While this is the fifth book in the Intertwined Souls Series, the author includes enough background information to enable readers to enjoy No Good Deed on its own. The story is set in the early 1950s, in the aftermath of the Second World War. Eva and Zoe Lambros have returned to Sydney, Australia, after their involvement in the resistance. Eva has learned to her surprise that she is the heir to a considerable fortune, including the Muller family industry which she will head along with her uncle. The two women have been trying to begin a family; however, Zoe has not succeeded in becoming pregnant, and adoption is becoming something they are reluctantly considering. When a freak accident at Eva’s workplace leaves her with a fractured skull and comatose, any other considerations are dropped as Zoe and the rest of their family wait for her recovery.
Mary D. Brooks’ historical fantasy, No Good Deed: Intertwined Souls Series, Book 5 is well-written, impeccably researched and absorbing. I was most impressed by the author’s ability to weave the women’s story in with the historical backdrop of the war and the Nuremberg Trials. The flowering and impact of Eva’s paranormal gifts, which have been passed along through her family for generations, is described in a sobering fashion with the past stories of her and her aunt’s electro-shock therapy sessions in German asylums for the condition, adding another grim reminder of the costs of being considered ‘different’ at that time in history. No Good Deed is a family saga that will delight fantasy and historical novel buffs alike. It’s highly recommended.