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Reviewed in the United States on May 6, 2019
I can’t understand why some authors cannot write without using gutter language to express themselves. I didn’t finish this dribble.
3.25 Stars This is actually book one in the reading order, the book specified as book one is a novella that I would not read until after the first two, as it contains spoilers. The book centers around three sisters who have grown apart since they all left home a decade ago. The three sisters have come home to bury their mother. They all fall into more than one mystery.
This is written as a romantic suspense, but the romance at times is uneven because the couples past is resolved too quickly, with no real conclusion as to what really happened. The relationship part of the book left me with too many questions. Also the author at times mentions items that she never explains, which drives me nuts. If an author mentions an specific items, and the items significance isn’t explained then the author failed. More than likely the author knows why the character took a certain action, but if it’s not on the page the author failed their readers.
I actually expected the book to continue after the last chapter, but the mystery or a wrap up just stopped. The murderer just doesn’t line up, which means the mystery continues. Yes, I immediately bought the follow up book. As the author despite the warbles writes an engaging book. Ms. Crosby needs to find an extremely honest beta reader, that will push her to bring out her best. As the questions I had in this book should have been dealt with during the beta reading process.
I really wish I had read all the reviews before I started this book - would have made the ending a bit easier to take. I love books that are set in places I've been (lived in the Charleston area for 6 months while my ship was in dry dock) and was enjoying the old memories. Then the story fell apart. It's almost like a few ending chapters got left out when this book was converted from text to the Kindle E-Book format. Several bodies were never found, a VERY bad guy just surrendered without a fight, and I was left with more questions then answers. Like, why did the bad guy do what he did????? Very disappointed.
I was enjoying this book...until I got to the end. The story was flowing well - the characters were well drawn and interesting. The plot made as much sense as a novel of this type can....but then it stopped.
It just - ends. No explanation of why the killer what he did - why he wanted that particular victim or why he changed his entire killing pattern.
I don't mind trilogies but this book felt like "gotta save some for the next book" - and I don't care for that. It's crazy as I liked the story line an the writing was easy to read. Could it be this was one book - chopped into three? This author could do better in pulling all the pieces together at the end.
The majority of this book is filler, with no purpose other than to add volume. What had a vague promise of a possibly interesting story turned out to be anticlimactic rubbish, with the sole purpose of pulling you into the next instalment. Don't bite.
2.0 out of 5 starsBook suffered from poor research and editing
Reviewed in the United States on April 7, 2017
Right away, it was evident that the author had not grown up in the Charleston area by having azaleas bloom in May. Nor would one eat Charleston oysters in a month that is warm. They would come in from colder climes. The smell of pluff mud in the Marsh does not smell like the stink of the fertilizer plant. The son of the black housekeeper being left a home in the heart of historic Charleston seems way over the top. These are minor things in the scheme of things but they affect sense of place. The book could have used a good editor. Then for one of the sisters to turn up her nose at Ashley Hall, Charleston's elite day school for girls was enough! I found myself angry that I wasted my time and money. The mystery was never solved. The story ended like a jukebox that ran out of money, it just stopped.
We listened to this book on audio on a long trip. It helped the trip go by fast. The book was interesting but seemed a bit slow and wordy. There is a romance between the detective Jack and the oldest Aldridge sister, Caroline. The book ends without the discovery of a serial killer.
I had never heard of this author before, but I saw this as a steal on Bookbub and decided to give it a try. So glad I did. The writing is really good, and I blew through this book in a weekend. The characters are interesting, and the plot - about three estranged sisters who are forced to live together for a year in an old Southern plantation house in order to inherit $23 million from their mother - was intriguing. What I liked best, though, was the Southern Gothic atmosphere. The crumbling mansion, the rotten-egg smell of the swamp, the dusty antiques in the attic. The descriptive setting was fantastic, and the ending left me wanting more. Luckily, there are sequels.
I enjoyed this booking the 3 sisters the reuniting after years apart.the sisters are to ok e and work together for a year to get their inheritance.however the ending was disappointing and left too many questions
I guess you need to live in the South to understand the machinations of the family dynasties. This all seemed too reminiscent of the overblown TV dramas of the 80s that made mountains out of molehills at the end of every episode. Any suspense was virtually missing and the ending was a disappointment. Not for me.
Quite a good book. Descriptive and free flowing story about a small town in the deep south. It features 3 sisters returning to the family home to bury their mother with a killer on the loose, children missing and grown females turning up dead
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 30, 2019
I misunderstood the genre of this book, expecting it to be a thriller (An Oyster Point Thriller Book). While it has elements of a good thriller it lacks depth and intrigue . The grand finale of the story was passed over in favour of romantic cliches.