This has to be one of the most dumbest books I’ve ever read.
I know I say that I don’t want to be too mean when it comes to reviewing books but there are books that really force me over that line and bring out the worst in me. This is one of them.
I also refuse to add this book to my thriller genre, there was no thrill or anything felt while reading this book and I just won’t classify it as one on my platform.
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Originally published: 2019
Plot from GoodReads:
Special Agent Gideon Reynolds has tried hard to put his past behind him. He escaped the violence of his cult upbringing when he was just thirteen, and since then routine and discipline have been his way of making sense of the world. But when a petite blonde woman crashes into his life, he begins to realize that a little bit of chaos might not be so bad.
Daisy Dawson has had more than her fair share of pain too—but she’s done being a victim. Daisy’s determined to explore every new experience she can—including getting to know the dark and serious FBI investigator she meets when she fights off a masked attacker one night.
It soon becomes clear that Daisy’s attack was just the beginning. Now the bloodied bodies of young women are showing up all over California, and, as Gideon tries to find the killer, it’s clear that Daisy is in more danger than they ever realised…
Read the blurb above and then here me out here…
I don’t think I’ve ever come across two dumber characters in books that the main ones in this book.
Daisy is in danger, it’s made out very clearly, but she keeps doing things that put her into more danger. I mean, talking to the media after being attacked by a killer… How can you be surprised that your location is revealed to the public after a stunt like that? That also leads to putting others in danger and ultimately being killed. Does that stop the bad decision making? Nope.
Gideon is suppose to be a very intelligent character but his actions and decisions in the book speak otherwise. He’s in charge of keeping her safe yet allows her to do things that will jeopardise her safety, takes her out into the public on a mission that serves his own purpose, while on the job, and ultimately almost costs them both their lives.
The family is extremely protective over Daisy yet not protective enough to intervene after finding out about so many stupid things she and Gideon have gotten up to. It made no sense whatsoever.
The insta-romance was so cringy, shallow and unbelievable that it felt completely unnecessary and just added to give the book unnecessary length. In fact, if the romance part wasn’t added to the book, the majority of the above events I just complained about would never have happened, and the book wouldn’t have actually sucked.
The escalation of the inner deep confessions from the main characters stemming from the over-night romance was unbelievable as well and I couldn’t reach other with an emotional response to either of them.
Now that I have that aside and out of my system, the killer in the book was actually believable. Had the story only focused on him and his exploits, it would’ve been a good book, with me giving it a higher rating. The motives behind the killing were reasonable and believable, trauma is a complex thing and it showed through the character.
Daisy’s anxiety wasn’t represented well in this book, and while the reasons for it are explained, the representation was poorly done.
The whole killer plot was overshadowed by badly written characters, awful romantic outreaches and supporting characters that were contradicting to the cause. The two main characters’ events were made to be more important in the book and took away from the killer plot which would’ve been a lot better had it been given more shine.
Now that that’s out of my system, I’m not picking up another book from this author again to sit through over 500 pages of eye-rolling and wondering why I’m putting myself through the torture.
The book has a rating of 4.15 on GoodReads. I gave it a 2.
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