I can see how this might not be for everyone, particularly people who like their thrillers to have lots of twists and over the top stuff happening, but I thought this was a solid book. While the thriller/mystery plot had some holes in it, I very much appreciated that the character arcs were fully realized, and that our main character actually had an arc. She also had one of the strangest sidekicks I’ve ever read in a novel, and I appreciate that.
Our main character is Lena, the half-sister of Desiree Pierce, ex-reality TV star. Lena stopped talking to her sister two years before when her destructive habits became too much for Lena, who vowed she wasn’t going to help her sister inflict harm on herself anymore. The book opens with Lena finding out from the news that her sister is dead, and the headline that is proclaiming it is a vulgar one.
When her sister’s cause of death is released, Lena doesn’t buy it. She KNOWS Desiree would never have used heroin because she was so afraid of needles. It was kind of neat how Garrett slowly had Lena finding out what was going on. She conducts a very informal investigation, mostly just talking to the people she knows and putting pieces together. If the cops would have been investigating, they would have done a much better job (probably) but they aren’t even investigating the death as anything other than an overdose by a poor little rich girl.
I think the author does need to lean a little less on repetition. One shitnuts was more than enough. And the MC’s itchy wrist was never explained. I actually found the wrist more annoying.
I will be reading more books by this author!
[3.75 stars, rounded up]
Chipping Away at Mt. TBR, July 2022—Book 3/31