Every person has a story to tell. Some may be sweet with a happily ever after, but there are others that end in tragedy.
Mine has yet to be finished.
My name is Elizabeth Kingston and this is where my story begins.
I never thought my life could be so perfect. I have an amazing job owning my own bakery, and a wonderful husband who I love and who loves me back. Never once did I have to worry about anything, at least, not until the texts started coming in. They always begin the same way … numbers that spell my nickname when read upside down.
It’s someone from my past, only they won’t to tell me who they are, but that by talking to them, I’ll figure it out. It’s a game I refuse to play. Unfortunately, I’m left with no choice when things begin to take a dangerous turn.
His name is Anonymous and there’s only one thing he wants … ME.
Let me start by saying I wanted to love this book. Creepy text messages, ex-boyfriends who just can’t take a hint, who hasn’t experienced that?
I guess I should start off with a positive, because that’s the right thing to do. I really like the cover. The splash of red is georgous. Actually my first thought was this book matches my purse, how cool is that!!
Unfortunately that was about as much excitment as I got from this book.
It fell flat for me. The main premise had potential. Some events that lead us to the ending felt lazy. The author took a lot of liberties, such as police consulting with the husband of a victim regarding their next steps and turning on one of their own with only minimal circumstantial evidence.
But, perhaps the biggest barrier to my enjoyment of this book is that it didn’t read as something that had been thoroughly and professionally proofread. Don’t get me wrong, the spelling and grammar were solid although there is a typo in both the Amazon and Goodreads descriptions. Tenses shifted sometimes three or four times in a paragraph. The word “convict” was used in place of “charge” or “arrest” more times than I could count which made for a very frustrating read.
Several times it appeared scenes were moved around and never corrected. For example, Ellie tells us about Jake’s reaction to a suggestion (this is difficult to do without spoilers) that hadn’t been previously suggested, it takes another 3 or 4 chapters for the suggestion to arise.
There were many inconsistencies in the book. For example, in October Ellie and Jake decide they would like to have a baby, they go to a Halloween party and she makes a point of not drinking. Then in early December, Jake is making sure her wine glass never gets empty, mere paragraphs after that Ellie tells us she hopes she’s pregnant but she won’t be able to take the test for another week. I raged on behalf of the poor baby.
I could have looked past all that, saw the story for the potential and reminded myself that I was reading an ARC which could very well be changed before publication. Like I said, the story had potential, there were a lot of twists and turns, I didn’t know who the villain was until the author revealed it and I was surprised. Although looking at the other reviews, I might be the only one.
I had one enormous problem with this book. No amount of mental gymnastics would let me get past it. I ONLY read love stories. This book featured a couple, the couple even has *good* sex, but they’re married for the duration of the book and their relationship doesn’t even grow because of the situation they’re in. This was not a romance, it was a mystery/ suspense featuring a couple.