Monday, March 25, 2019

Book Review - Good Girl Gone Bad

This is actually my first book by Emmy Ellis, but it definitely won't be my last.  I'd only read one chapter when I knew, wow, I love this author's style.  Although I wouldn't call this a complicated book, there are a lot of characters who play a main part--just what I love in a book.  So let's take a look at the characters.

Kane - A homicide DI determined to put a drug dealer behind bars. A good-hearted man, with a partner he doesn't know what to do with. Richard has a problem, but he refuses to share it with Kane, and continues to make investigations difficult and Kane's life miserable.

Charlotte - Trapped in an abusive relationship, closed off from family and with only one friend, an older man she can talk to, when her boyfriend allows it.  Lonely, sick of her life, Charlotte hooks up for a one-nighter, not realizing her pickup would want more. Would he turn out to be her savior, or the final straw in a relationship that has only one ending--her death.

Debbie - A 15 year old daydreamer, convinced she's found the love of her life. She knows her parents will never approve, and her friends will scoff at her, but she's convinced this is the man she wants to spend the rest of her life with. Finally catching his attention she makes a late evening date.  Will it be everything she's ever dreamed of?  Or will it be her worst nightmare?

The Killer - Here you delve into the mind of a madman. I can't say much more without spoilers, and I would hate to do that as finding out the truth, and working through the clues is all part of the fun.

This book could truly be labeled with so many different labels.  A thriller that keeps you flipping pages and on the edge.  A mystery, as the clues are there, but you have to follow them all the way to the end. It could also fall under drama. Not the irritating type of drama, but the page-turning type of drama.  Fabulously written with emotion and a great plot.  Definitely a 5* read for me.

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Book Review - The Dead Can't Speak

Writing a review without spoilers is difficult sometimes.  Especially for a book you truly enjoyed, as you want to share the things that really pulled you in and kept you there.  DI Sara Ramsey is a character that's easy to care about, as is her partner, Carla.  The homicide unit is a difficult unit in any law enforcement department, and comes with it's own set of unique problems.  Low budgets, demanding superiors and long hours, many times without approval for overtime.

One of the things I love about M. A. Comley's books are her characters are never one-dimensional. They have real lives, with real life problems.  Sara's team has real lives with real life problems. They support each other and yet aren't afraid to call each out if it gets too deep.

In the Dead Can't Speak we have a dastardly villain, with no redeeming qualities.  We get an opportunity to meet his victims, women he's used for his own purposes. Women who care about him, and may even be in love with him.

If you've followed Sara's story with No Right To Kill and Deadly Blow, you're up to date on her husband's murder.  If not, I highly recommend you start with No Right to Kill and get to know Sara. She's waited a long time for her husband's murderer to be brought to justice, and now it seems she's finally going to get her wish. But will the price she has to pay be too high? Will it destroy her career and her personal life?  Well, you'll have to read the book to find out. 

Add to the mixture her husband's still grieving family and their demands on Sara's time.  And seriously, what's up with his brother, Donald?  

A fantastic character driven thriller/mystery. Love the neighbors, and I look forward to a long running series on this one.  All three books are available at Amazon and also available on Kindle Unlimited.