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I had great hopes with this book, having loved the author’s earlier one, but this felt more like a rushed version.

Melanie Hale had a busy family life with a son on the spectrum and an elderly mother-in-law with dementia who was being cared at home. She gave up her own writing career to give her all to the family.

A casual meeting with an author brought on a short term sexual relationship. She couldn’t seem to help herself. But one such encounter found her entering an ajar door with her lover’s body in a pool of blood. Who could have killed him?

That was the gist of the story which sounded more exciting than it was. I wanted more suspense building up as Melanie went about investigating, as she was soon embroiled in the death as a suspect by the cops.

It was well written but at some points, I felt that the author could have used active conversation to make the emotions come alive instead of pages of narration. That diluted the suspense for me, not that it was strong to begin with.

The ending few chapters were darkly twisted, and I kind of felt that the true Mel was revealed there.

Overall a solid story where I couldn’t even begin to guess the truth and would have never dreamed up such an ending.


Rating: 3 out of 5.


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Betrayal was just the beginning…

Melanie Hale is a devoted mother to her two children, a diligent caregiver to her ailing mother-in-law and a trusted neighbor in their wealthy Louisiana community. Above all, she’s a loving partner to her wonderful husband, Collin.

Then there are the parts of herself that Mel keeps hidden. She’s exhausted, worried and unfulfilled. So much so that one night, after a writers’ group meeting, Mel begins an affair with a successful local author named Luke. Suddenly she’s transformed into a role she doesn’t recognize—a woman who deceives with unseemly ease. A woman who might be capable of just about anything.

When Mel finds Luke’s dead body in his lavish rented house, she realizes just how high the stakes have become. Not only does she have to keep her affair a secret in order to preserve her marriage, but she desperately needs to avoid being implicated in Luke’s death. But who would want to kill him? Who else in her life is keeping secrets? And most terrifying of all, how far will they—and she—go to keep those secrets hidden?


Publication Date: August 2021

I downloaded the digital version of the book from an online retail, and this is my journey down its pages, straight from the heart. STRICTLY HONEST and UNBIASED.

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