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Reviewed in the United States on May 29, 2020
I was a little disappointed in this. I've really enjoyed the previous books I've read by Leigh, and I had high hopes for this one. But to me this "mystery" was incredibly obvious. As soon as the bad guy had a scene with Bree it was clear to me. I suppose when the mystery is obvious, but your main character is clueless, its hard not to see them as being at least somewhat incompetent. The only reason it was sort of acceptable is because of the grief she was going through. It was also disappointing that the ending was inevitable. While the POV of the killer insinuated Bree was going to stuff things up, it really had zero to do with Bree. Their entire investigation was just a wild goose chase meant to stretch out the book. That ending was always going to happen. A person in that frame of mind was always going to snap. When they were commended on their investigating skills I had to scoff. They got everything wrong/didn't add much to the overall case. The clue that lead them to the killer was there all along. And even then they focused on the wrong person. Add in a custody subplot which is a personal pet peeve of mine, and I found my mind drifting with this one. I hope the second one in this series will be smoother and the mystery less easy to solve. In terms of the romance, there was none. Having said that, there was also no chemistry between Bree and Matt. He doesn't really even need to feature in another book. But I'm sure he will. I didn't appreciate how pushy he was when it came to the dog thing. Bree has a legitimate fear and because he's not afraid, he pushed. It felt annoying and gross that he thought he knew better than Bree about her own mind. He forced her hand since he knew the kids would fall for that dog. He wasn't even apologetic about it.
Overall this is my least favourite book by Leigh. However, the narrator on the audible version was good, and it'd make for a good distraction if you're looking for an afternoon read. If you have liked her previous works then you'll likely like this one. There are many similarities. Dead sibling and kids needing to be looked after resulting in a move back to a hometown and career change (Hour of Need), the name Brody (Minutes to Kill), Dana is clearly the new version of Grandpa (Morgan Dane series), ex-cop shot in the line of duty (Lance from the Morgan Dane series) and I'm sure there are more, but you get the point.