Friday, January 28, 2022

✱✱Audio Book Review✱✱ YOU DID THIS by Jamie Millen


Author: Jamie Millen
Series: Claire Wolfe Thrillers, Book 1
Audiobook Narrator: Jesse Vilinsky

A sister’s worst nightmare. A homicide detective’s destiny.

Everybody loves Claire’s little sister, Tina. But only Claire sees the twisted psychopath hiding behind her sister’s angelic face. When Tina is brutally murdered on her fourteenth birthday, the day Claire failed to walk her home from school, Claire never forgives herself. And neither does their mother.

Twelve years later, Claire, now a police detective, returns to Newburgh to solve the mystery of her sister’s death. When more girls turn up dead exactly like Tina, Claire suspects that her sister’s murderer is still on the prowl. But this is no ordinary serial killer. The murders stump the team of FBI agents and a forensic profiler assisting the investigation, including Special Agent Robert Cline—a former FBI hostage negotiator and Claire’s old flame.

As the evidence piles up, Claire’s troubled childhood comes back to haunt her. She becomes the lead suspect in the murder investigation, and the system turns against her. Unable to trust anyone—not even herself—Claire must break every rule in the book to save the next girl.

With time running out in this nerve-shredding psychological thriller and harrowing family drama, a shocking discovery changes everything. Is Claire’s sister truly dead—or is she playing one final lethal prank?

Momma Says: 4 stars⭐⭐⭐⭐

You Did This has a lot going on, but at the same time, it's all connected. It's one of those stories that keeps you on your toes and is part thriller, part police procedural. Jamie Millen has created a likable character in Claire, who doubts herself more than once as the twists just keep coming. The twists are really the only drawback for me. Not that there were twists, I love being taken by surprise in a book like this. But toward the end, when it felt like a solid conclusion, things just kept going and got a little out there, a little too far past suspension of disbelief. Nevertheless, I enjoyed the character and her journey through this first case, and I'd definitely read more in this series. I listened to the audiobook of this one, and Jesse Vilinsky gave an excellent performance. The emotion of the story, from horror at finding another body to Claire's confusion to the excitement and intrigue, comes through loud and clear. I'm new to both this author and this narrator, but this won't be my last experience with either.

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