My favorites to read are usually Mysteries and Legal Thrillers. I chose this novel based on the reviews and I needed a break from my usual. This novel really held my attention straight through because there was drama (daddy-mama drama and who's sleeping with who) galore! I felt well entertained even though I kept saying aloud "don't do it! are you crazy!" so you kinda knew from early on that things are not going to workout well for the central protagonist. I will criticize the author here because I don't think the central protagonist was developed well enough so that we could really care about her or to root for her. She kept repeating the same mistake and continued to have the excuse of "I made a mistake; it was just a mistake." I can accept making the same mistake over and over when the circumstances are different and you just couldn't see it coming. But to repeatedly make the same mistake in the same way with the same circumstances makes me think that you are just plain stupid.
But again, the story held my attention and I had a few good laughs as well. Pretty much every character - the major and the minor players - had plenty of drama that elevated this story to a good entertaining read. Not to say too much, but the novel had a bit of everything from murder, pedophilia and the resulting mental health issues, to plain ole infidelity. The best scene that I liked was between Gabe and his father. Like I said, there is a lot of drama here, even a reading of a Will with an unexpected outcome!
The narrators were good but it took a minute to adjust my ear to one of the male narrators. His voice had a choppy and overly aggressive tone, but I overcame my bias and quickly started to enjoy his voice.
It's a low-down dirty shame the depths that the "saints" of the church will sink to in order to get what they want. The divas' deviousness is unlimited in their fight to become the First Lady of the National Baptist Association.
Yes, this novel is a "hot mess" but entertaining and enjoyable. If you are looking for something that's not too deep, something that will give you a few good laughs, this novel is a good investment. I have read a few of Victoria Murray's novels and I have enjoyed them. This novel, I believe, was a bit more entertaining for me because it was my first time encountering Rachel Adams and Cecilia King. It was fun learning about them.
Of course, the performance by the fabulous Patricia Floyd was stellar!
The storyline is interesting and it touched on moral issues. The book is laid out in a very interesting way. It keeps you listening. Excellent writing and performance. I loved Ms. Ojo southern accent.