by Kerry L Peresta
May 1-31, 2022 Virtual Book Tour
Just as the pieces of her life start falling into place, she stumbles across the still-warm body of an old friend who has been gruesomely murdered. Her dream of pursuing a peaceful existence is shattered when she learns the killer left evidence behind to implicate her in the murder. The only person that would want to sabotage her is Monty—but he’s in prison! Something sinister is going on, and Olivia is desperate to uncover the truth before another senseless murder is committed.
This novel is definitely a sequel. I have read the previous novel and this one is best appreciated if the earlier book is read first. You can read my review of The Deadening here.
The narrative begins with fragmented information. Granted, Olivia is recovering from a traumatic brain injury and partial memory loss. I do wish there had been more of a review of events from the first book, however. As Olivia regains more memories, we do find out how she received her TBI but not until the last quarter of the book.
Perhaps because of her brain injury, I did not find Olivia such an engaging character. I did appreciate her attempts to put herself in situations where memories would be triggered. I didn't understand her attitude toward Hunter, often sabotaging a potential romance. And her planned change in profession at the end did not seem reasonable to me based on her earlier behavior in the book.
A pet peeve of mine is an author creating multiple characters beginning with the same letter. Here we have Hazel, Hunter, Hannah and Sophie, Serena, and Sherry. I like Jerry Jenkins' suggestion that, with twenty-six letters in the alphabet, there is no need to have characters with the same initial letters.
I liked the mystery. We readers may not have figured out all the details in a timely fashion as most of the needed information was reveled late in the book. The murderer was no surprise as I was leery of that character from the first appearance.
This is a pretty entertaining mystery but to fully appreciate it, I do recommend reading the first book in the series.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
Genre: Psychological Suspense, Thriller, Crime Fiction, Suspense, Mystery
Published by: Level Best Books
Publication Date: March 29, 2022
Number of Pages: 300
ISBN: 168512092X (ISBN-13: 978-1685120924)
Series: Olivia Callahan Suspense, Book 2
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