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Familiar Story With New Twists!
Reviewed in the United States on March 19, 2020
Without a doubt, Melinda Leigh is a great storyteller! She brings her strong women characters to life, making them people we want to know---friends. This first book of a new series will not disappoint. I've already preordered Book 2.
The story focuses on Bree Taggert, a Philadelphia homicide detective who gets a desperate voicemail from her younger sister saying she's it trouble. Yikes!
Bree and her sister had a troubled youth, something that created a special bond, but the urgent call brings Bree unexpectedly back to her hometown an into the middle of a murder with more questions than answers. Once you start reading, you'll want to finish. Hold on!!
The author's reader-friendly storyline creates an engaging mystery thriller with plenty of suspense and tension but without the cheap shock and trauma elements that too easily destroy a good book.
The story plotline has a strong human element with believable dialogue, all built around family needs and small town values, but not without lots of conflicts and differing motivations, each revealed as the story develops. I especially enjoyed how the author made me feel I was right there---trying to figure everything out. Who to trust? Who to watch?
Even though the storyline is similar to many of the author's previous works, it was a satisfying reading experience because I trusted the author and knew it would be a worthwhile read. This novel is a great escape read for a rainy weekend or a long trip.
I've also become a big fan of Audible's narrations that make the storytelling even more interesting with just the right amount of dramatic flair in this version.
After several recent strange books, it was good to get lost in a reader-friendly novel again. So glad this first book in the series had a solid ending, while also creating a good series foundation with some interesting characters and potential adventures for future installments.