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  • Author : Erica Spindler
  • Publisher : St.Martin’s Press
  • Genre : Thriller
  • Source : Netgalley
  • Rating : 1.5 Stars

Synopsis : Officer Miranda Rader of the Hammond PD in Louisiana is known for her honesty, integrity, and steady hand in a crisis—but that wasn’t always so. Miranda comes from Jasper, just south of Hammond, a place about the size of a good spit on a hot day, and her side of the tracks was the wrong one. She’s worked hard to leave the girl she used to be behind and earn respect in her position as an officer.
However, when Miranda and her partner are called to investigate the murder of one of the town’s most beloved college professors, they’re unprepared for the gruesomeness of the scene. This murder is unlike any they’ve ever investigated, and just when Miranda thinks she’s seen the worst of it, she finds a piece of evidence that chills her to the core: a faded newspaper clipping about a terrible night from her long-buried past. Then another man turns up dead, this one a retired cop, and not just any cop—Clint Wheeler, the cop who took her statement that night. Two murders, two very different men, two killings that on the surface had nothing in common—except Miranda. 14 years ago.
And when her fingerprints turn up at the scene of the first murder, Miranda once again finds herself under the microscope, her honesty and integrity doubted, her motivations questioned. Alone again, the trust of her colleagues shattered, Miranda must try to trust the instincts she’s pushed down for so long, and decide what’s right—before it’s too late.

Oh what a disappointment this book was. There, that’s my review. Sorry, I can’t help being snarky because this had so much potential but ended up reading like a careless first draft. I can only say the plot was reasonably well thought out. As in the iea was good, the execution left a lot to be desired. I’d actually started reading this and then DNFed it midway, then, since I just wanted to see how it turned out after seeing so much praise for her as an author, I gave it a go.

WHAT I LIKED : The story seems promising. It is a little different from anything I’ve read before and for that I have to give the author props. I did enjoy the writing style which, despite my lack of enjoyment, was quite well paced and kept the story going. It is obvious that the author has a knack for writing well and that, i would say, is the main selling point of the book. It doesn’t lag anywhere and it doesn’t run into random pacing issues that make you wonder how long you have to keep reading till you get to the more interesting parts.

WHAT I DISLIKED : The characters suck. No, really, they suck. There is an unnecessary love interest that just seems to be there to create some sort of addition to the already weak storyline. Sort of like in a movie where there is a comedy track just to make it appealing to a wider audience. In fact after a few portions of reading about their relationship I just started skimming those parts. It wasn’t worth my time. And the main character, Miranda, has to be the stupidest cop in the history of the world. I doubt her boss (don’t get me started on the boss, he sends so many mixed signals that the ending is pretty obvious) has the right to call her his best. If she is his best then the city is doomed.

But my biggest problem was the big reveal. I mean, there is none. The author works up to this “who did it” moment where she is trying to figure out who is responsible for her difficulties and it is just so obvious from the very beginning i kept screaming at my kindle. (Also who puts the plotline as the title of their book?). I just didn’t believe a thing and wouldn’t recommend this if you’re used to reading more sophisticated thrillers. I’d recommend this for someone who is trying to stop reading romance and get into more thrillers.

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