Becker Circle takes us to a popular trendy neighborhood in Dallas Texas. This is where we meet Gillian who is new to the neighborhood. We follow her journey as she starts a new life, meets new people and learns who she can and can not trust.
BECKER CIRCLE by Addison Brae
Publication Date: March 14, 2018 Publisher: Tirgearr Publishing Genre: Mystery, Suspense Length: 281 Pages Purchase: Amazon Story Rating: 3.5/ 5
Hi all, I recieved a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
New starts mean new rules. Can she triumph through the challenges?
My boyfriend believed I was too gutless to leave. He was dead wrong. I graduated Harvard early and left his hot temper and everyone else behind for Dallas. Determined to make it on my own, I land a second job bartending at the neighborhood pub, smack in the middle of drama central, where almost every jerk in the neighborhood hits on me.
A week into the job, the neighborhood’s very popular drug dealer falls to his death a few feet from the table I’m serving. The cops say suicide, but the hot guitar player in the house band and I suspect foul play, and we intend to prove it. Digging deeper, we’re drawn closer to each other. Then we make a shocking discovery. We know the murderer.
The cover of this book is lovely. I like the colors, they immediately drew me to the book.
There were a lot of things I liked about this book, and some things I didn’t. The story had such potential, but the characters fell flat. There’s mystery and suspense, but it’s bogged down by a minutiae of details and descriptions of irrelevant tasks, situations, and characters. This book is listed as romance on Amazon, but the only sex scene we get is one where consent is ambiguous and the romantic relationship is never front and center in this book. There’s the potential for a strong kicka** female lead, but for most of the book I shook my head and mumbled ‘stupid, stupid girl.’
The story is told in the first person from Gillian’s perspective. I suspect it might have been an easier read written in the third person. Although we’re in Gillian’s head we don’t see her thoughts or feelings all that often. There was a disconnect between me and Gillian, I couldn’t get into her head and understand what she was thinking or why she was making the decisions she was. Much of what she did made no sense to me, her behavior seemed risky and immature. I struggled to take her seriously. Sometimes she appeared naïve, other times wise beyond her years.
This story progressed at an almost painfully slow pace. It focused on tedious details written in such a way I expected everything to be important and come together in the end. When the story concluded, I was disappointed with how little of the book was relevant and how many story lines were left unfinished.
I enjoyed the unique characters Gillian met at the bar and her descriptions of the neighborhood. The name game she played to remember what the regular customers drank amused me. I appreciated the originality of solving the murder of a drug dealer, someone most people wouldn’t care about.
Overall, Becker Circle was a good book that I’m sure many people will love.