I tend to read detective/murder stories when I need to relax. I picked this book up figuring I would read it throughout the week, when I had time to read. I couldn’t stop reading and finished the book the day after I started it.
The plot in this book is really exciting. The story follows a few different characters and it takes a couple of chapters before the stories come together. Yet, even though there are separate stories at the beginning, the transition between stories flows seamlessly. The story starts out with a grisly murder and things just escalate from there. The reader learns about other murders that have taken place as the story tracks the ongoing investigation.
Part of the mystery is solved halfway through the story, which surprisingly didn’t detract from the story as a whole. There is enough other stuff going on, and enough still left unsolved, that the reader is still hanging at the edge of their seat waiting to see what will happen next.
The characters in this story are really enjoyable. Tess, the main character in the story, was incredibly likable and realistic. Her personality was feisty without being obnoxious, a good mix for the lead detective. The “bad guys” were perfectly written into this story. They were very realistic and it was easy to imagine them as actual people.
The writing itself was pretty good. There wasn’t anything that stood out as fantastic in this authors writing, but it certainly wasn’t a chore to read. The author does a nice job of keeping the sentences and story flowing smoothly.
Bottom Line: I would give this book 9/10 stars. I look forward to more books involving Tess and her photographic memory.
I received this book for review purposes via NetGalley.