There were a couple of issues I had with this story. While the idea of a murderess who clearly has mental issues appealed to me, we didn’t spend enougThere were a couple of issues I had with this story. While the idea of a murderess who clearly has mental issues appealed to me, we didn’t spend enough time in her mind for me to fully grasp her psyche, which was what interested me the most in this story. Sure, we read her point of view but it was very superficial, not enough to convince me I had front row seat to her mindset.
And the general tone of the book. The pace, the drive from point A to point B wasn’t as smooth as I would’ve wished. The narration was choppy at best, with no real connection between the PI Jim Bean-don’t ask about the name- who’s one main character, and the murderess lover girl Sophie, who happens to be the other. I just couldn’t buy Jim’s desire to solve this case and help save the object of Sophie’s obsession. And the fact that the whole story, and the series, seems to be based on Jim’s investigative services, it just felt like probable cause to help bring these two characters together so we can have a book.
There was a slight romance on the side that I thought was also unnecessary. And I’m sorry to say that the ending seemed rushed.
I still think this could be a decent read and a decent series if everything can be polished a bit. I like the idea of a PI’s misadventures after all, there’s promise there in Jim Bean’s rugged nature....more
Sometimes I just can’t get over the fact that writing a novella for a particular kind of story is the wrong choice. And in this case I think it was. TSometimes I just can’t get over the fact that writing a novella for a particular kind of story is the wrong choice. And in this case I think it was. This was a suspense story as well as a romance so I expected some development in that regard.
Janie is a cop. After several women start to disappear only to be found dead in the end, she goes undercover in a club as the bartender to gather information and to keep an eye out for possible suspects.
My biggest problem in this book was with Janie.
For one, she didn’t act like a cop at all. She wasn’t professional in the least. She failed to properly stake out the bar she worked at, failed to keep it professional when it came to a handsome customer who fit the kidnapper’s profile to a T. Now, I’m not a cop so I can’t dictate this, but I think sleeping with one of your prime suspects is not good cop behavior. Plus, she wasn’t cool under pressure. As the police, I’d like to believe she should be prepared to handle tough situations like being shot at, but unfortunately she’s at the brink of tears instead, and finds relief in being in her one night stand’s arms. No taking charge or control of the situation. It wouldn’t be wrong if I said despite her being a cop, I didn’t see her policing at all during the little time we had with her.
Besides my problems with Janie’s character, this was short for a romantic suspense. I get it that the author continues this story with two following novellas, but I would’ve preferred if all three stories were compiled in one book. That way I could’ve gotten a sense of completion and perhaps I could be more attached to both the suspense and the romance.
This just wasn't my cup of tea as it was. I'll still give this world a chance in the first book of the series since that one takes place in the same world minus the heroine of this novella-I just can't get over the fact that the heroine was so inadequate here.
*Copy of the book provided to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review....more
I don’t know how familiar you are with stories like this one, or how close you come to cracking your brain trying to come up with theories as you readI don’t know how familiar you are with stories like this one, or how close you come to cracking your brain trying to come up with theories as you read along, but whatever your poison, this will be an enjoyable read. Though I admit it lacked the shock value for me, it still was an entertaining story. The narration, for one, was intriguing because you never know whether what Cass is going through is real or it’s a figment of her overactive imagination due to the guilt and stress she’s experiencing.
If you’re anything like me, the kind of reader trying to figure things out before the author tells you, or watch too many thriller movies you feel like you know all possible outcomes like the back of your hand, or you’re just there for the ride, it doesn’t matter, I bet you’ll still enjoy this book....more
This wasn’t a hit-you-on-the-head kind of thriller. It was subtle in its darkness and violence and horror. Kate’s character was what connected me to tThis wasn’t a hit-you-on-the-head kind of thriller. It was subtle in its darkness and violence and horror. Kate’s character was what connected me to the story the most, because she represents the chase for youth, that nostalgia you feel when thinking about the past, and how irrational and impulsive you could afford to act and get away with it because you had all the time in the world still.
There’s also no denying this read had a sexy undertone to it. The attraction between Kate and Sam is undeniable. I wouldn’t normally think of sexy when it comes to thrillers, but I guess every once in a while a book comes along and reminds you that a fatal attraction can make an erotic read.
I wouldn’t be lying if I said I could hardly put it down. I was so invested in the characters of Sam-the student- and Kate-the teacher. I wanted to know what they thought, what they felt, how they were going to react, and what would happen to them in the end. How their story would end. It looks like a pretty straightforward thriller but it grasps you. It is so easily read that if you enjoy psychological thrillers, or thrillers in general, you’d breeze through this easy. And enjoy it. This is a damn good debut novel and I’ll definitely be on the lookout for more thrillers from Jody Gehrman....more
This was a fast paced, gripping novel about two women whose lives intercept and mingle, a story in which things seem blurry at the very least. I’ve heThis was a fast paced, gripping novel about two women whose lives intercept and mingle, a story in which things seem blurry at the very least. I’ve heard a lot of good things about this book, and about the thrilling story told within, that my mind immediately started working overtime trying to guess what was happening. I liked the exercise because it sucked me right in.
I don’t want to say so many things about this book in case you’re someone like me who loves the guessing game, but I think it’s safe to say this was an intriguing read. I think the classification ‘psychological thriller’ is truly fitting here. From the characterization to the unraveling of the plot line it held my interest. I thought the authors even left a little something for the reader too in the end, even after finishing the book you’re still left thinking about it, about certain parts and what other meanings you could attribute to them. I especially liked that.
This is one to look out for if you like mysteries that leave you in the dark and keep you guessing. ...more