This book has been making rounds for a long time and when I got the opportunity to buy it, well, I did!!
The book started with a great prologue, a murder scene: a girl killed by her lover – this intrigued me, my heart rate jumped higher. I love a good whodunit, don’t I?
The story then went on to tell us the lives of 2 sisters Markie and Kam. And soon people around Markie started dropping dead like flies to the point that she was scared to leave home. And soon the killer struck again closer to family…
My first book by Didi Oviatt, the initial 40% of the book had me adorn the role of the investigator and check out clues. I loved that. Didi’s writing pulled me in. The sisters Markie and Kam seemed to share a close bond, though I never understood why Markie was so snarky about Kam’s boyfriends and their looks, Markie herself was no raving beauty. But the trend of books is unlikable unreliable main characters… So I continued reading with my pulse spiking up.
At 40%, the killer was revealed and that crushed me. My heart flatlined… The book tried very hard to shock my heart to start beating and bring it back to the high interest level. But I am not the ideal reader who loves knowing the identity of the killer before the end.
The book continued with the first person POVs of the sisters, the mother, and the killer. Though their ways of thinking were shocking to say the least, each one more horrible than the other, my interest in the book didn’t peak even after knowing the icky twist.
I bought the digital copy of the book, and this is my journey into its pages, straight from the heart!
My reviews can be found here
Didi Oviatt is a small town gal who married a small town guy. Within a few years of experiencing a new families bliss, she discovered that she had a thirst to write. Now, after digging down deep and getting in touch with her literary self, she’s writing thrillers like “Aggravated Momentum” “Search for Maylee” “The Stix” and “New Age Lamians.”
The life of a seemingly normal family is shattered as long-buried skeletons emerge and dark family secrets surface.
Danger lurks so close to home. But who is the cold, calculated murderer? Can it be Markie or Kam: one of the independent sisters, guilty of nothing more than getting tangled with the wrong people at the wrong time?
Or is it another cowardly snake, curled in a hidden corner?
The deeper you dig, the more breathtaking the secrets you will find.
Publication date: 7th February 2017
I’m yet to read one of Didi’s books, but I’m looking forward to it. Sorry you didn’t love it, but great review. ❤💚❤
I don’t like knowing identity of perp early on… I lose interest then… Thanks Mischenko 💕
I’m so glad you read this one. Some horrific and scary scenes in there! :O
It was okay… Maybe I have read more horrid ones😉😉
Ugh, I’m sorry it wasn’t a better read for you Shalini but I loved your review!
Thanks Mackey.. I like playing the detective more.. Hence I was disappointed.. Just a quirk of mine 😉😉😁😁
Looks good, horror doesn’t always take my pick, but great review! ❤️😊
Thanks it was quite a different read… I would have enjoyed more if I hadn’t known about the perp
I can totally relate. I recently read a book that started out really good, the writing was decent, the plot suspenseful, then the author thrust in the POV of the killer and gave away his identity only 1/3 of the way in, effectively wiping the suspense right out of the story. I was like WTF? It could have been an amazing, suspenseful read. Instead, it lost its luster and I was easily able to anticipate everything that happened after that. It was very disappointing. Hope you are having a nice weekend, Shalini! 🙂
I too like playing the detective because it fires my blood… I wouldn’t have minded killer’s POV if his identity was hidden… Maybe I like those books which cause my blood to run fast… Have a great Sunday Leslie…
Ahh sorry you didn’t enjoy it more.
I like playing the detective…
Yeah I totally get that. I was a little disappointed in the early reveal at first but I enjoyed getting to read the chapter is the killers POV because we got into their heads.
Yeah… I understand… I liked the transformation of the perp, not very keen on reading their thoughts
Yeah that’s understandable. At least it had some redeeming qualities for you.
Thanks for reading my book! I hope you’re feeling better, and maybe you’ll enjoy the next one a little better 😉
Oh Didi thank you so much… I am sure I will… 💕
It’s rare when a book can pull off an early reveal, Shalini. There are a few authors I read who are masters at it but it’s a short list.
I don’t like total reveals Jonetta… Then my interest drops down. It has always been like that
That calculating mind of yours…. umm… I should clarify that I mean that in a good way!!! 😂😆😘
Oh yes… Darling cozy babe, I am calculating all those gifts… The whole year through… Glad you reminded my brain of them gifts😂😂😂😂🎁🎁🎁😂😂😂😂
Hahahaha. You won’t let us forget 🎁 🎁 🎁
You won’t let me forget, darlin, you give me hints all the time
I love how you manage to find the hints I’m not so sure I planted 😂😂
Ooooh you are a clever teacher, you remind me in nifty ways 😂😂😂😂
I like the Christmassy style Shalini. And the usual high quality review
Thank you Kurian… Good morning to you
You are welcome Shalini . Take care
Sounded like it was off to a promising start until they revealed the killer too early, how disappointing!
Well, most like knowing thoughts of killer, me – not so much… I am more of the kill bill types, see the bad men, cut them off… 😂😂😂😂
Haha, have you read You by Caroline Kepnes? It’s written from the perspective of a really crazy guy so I’m sure that would freak you out!
I have been told to read it… But so far it is lying in my TBR pile🙄😉
Sorry to hear that the reveal sorta ruined the book for you. The first 40% sure does sound intense though and I am intrigued by the mention of the 3 narrators being kinda dark. Great review.
It is a fun book, it is just that I like to play the investigator
This is on my re-read list this month, but it’s good to know to be prepared. I’m looking forward to comparing notes. 🧡
I am sure you will love it… You read such varied books… Let me know if you read horror
I love horror too. I always say the only genre I really stay away from is contemporary, but then I read a fantastic contemporary and love it. So….I just read based on book covers and synopsis Haha
Ah pity the reveal ruined it and it couldn’t capture your attention again after that. Great review!
I like playing detective… I am a bit quirky💕