Monday, April 23, 2018

✱✱ Book Review ✱✱ Dying To See You by Kerena Swan

Dying To See You
by Kerena Swan 



He’s Watching, He’s Waiting, She’s next. When Sophie is told to organize care for elderly Ivy, she is unaware that by meeting Max, Ivy’s grandson, her life will be turned upside down. As Sophie’s involvement with Max and Ivy increases she becomes more distracted by her own problems. Because Sophie is certain she is being watched. For a while, Ivy relishes Sophie’s attention but soon grows concerned about the budding relationship between Sophie and Max. Torn between Sophie and his grandmother, Max cuts ties with the care agency, leaving Sophie hurt and confused. Meanwhile, there is a murderer killing women in the area. Is there a link between Sophie’s stalker and the killings? Soon Sophie will learn that appearances can be deceiving.



❃❃Dying to See You is currently available in paperback❃❃


❃❃ebook will be available April 25th❃❃
❃❃Kindle Unlimited❃❃




Momma Says: 2 stars⭐⭐

Dying to See You has an opening chapter that is both sinister and suspenseful, leading me to expect an edge of my seat thriller. Unfortunately, it didn't quite live up to those expectations. Parts of the story were good, and other parts - well, not so much. The book is marketed as 'a dark and deadly psychological thriller' and it is at times. It is certainly dark and there's plenty of murder, but the reader is given too many answers in the beginning for there to be much in the way of suspense. There is one big twist toward the end that surprised me, but there really isn't much build up to it. 
The chapters alternate between four characters, but you have to read a paragraph or two to figure out which character has any particular chapter. A simple heading at the beginning of each chapter could have been useful, especially in the beginning. I'm still unsure if this was done intentionally to keep the reader guessing, but I found it more confusing and frustrating than anything else. I will say that the author does do a good job of giving each character their own voice, which makes it easier to tell who has each chapter, but that's only after reading far enough for each voice to take shape. 
The most bothersome part of this tale for me was Tilly. A considerable amount of time is spent with this teenager and her normal teenage angst mixed with a determination to find her father. I kept wondering where that was going and how it would tie in with the murders, only to find that in the end, it doesn't - not at all. Tilly's part of the story doesn't even create a red herring for some sort of added suspense and just felt like so much filler. 
This book started with so much potential, but by the time I turned the last page, I found myself more disappointed than anything else. 

❃❃ARC provided by NetGalley and Bloodhound Books



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