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At some point, as you get older, you stop counting things— how many times you’ve been on an airplane, driven across the country , or solved a murder. No matter how many murders I solve, it won’t fix me.
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Title: Next Girl to Die
Author: Dea Poirier
Date Published: May 1, 2019
Number of Pages: 304 pages
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
📚 Series: Yes. First books of The Calderwood Cases.
📚 Genre: Murder Mystery.
📚 POV: First person.
📚 Cliffhanger: Not really, but it comes with hints of the next case.
⚠ Content Warnings: Murder, with graphic descriptions. Threats. Fire. Dealing with death of a family member.
⚠ Read if: you love whodunnit mysteries.
Book Blurb from Goodreads
Solving the case will avenge her sister—unless the killer finds her first.
It’s been fifteen years since Claire Calderwood’s sister, Rachel, was brutally murdered in their small hometown in Maine. Claire has finally carved out a life for herself as a homicide detective in Detroit, but the past comes calling when the local police back home ask for her help with a murder eerily similar to Rachel’s.
Still haunted by Rachel’s cold case, Claire returns home, hoping to solve the crime and finally put her grief to rest. As she starts investigating, the last thing she needs is tenacious journalist Noah Washington asking questions she’s not ready to answer. But like her, Noah won’t give up until he finds the truth—and Claire reluctantly finds herself relying on him more and more when disturbing new details about Rachel’s death come to light.
When the killer strikes once again, Claire knows he’s not done. Now he’s set his sights on Claire, who will have to find the courage she needs to survive a deadly confrontation years in the making.
About the Author
Dea Poirier was raised in Edmond, Oklahoma, where she found her passion during a creative writing course. She studied computer science and political science at the University of Central Oklahoma. She later spent time living on both coasts and traveling the United States before finally putting down roots in central Florida. She now resides somewhere between Disney and the swamp.
I have a read this book a week ago but I forgot that I have not reviewed this yet!
Next Girl To Die is my first read from Dea Poirer and I was drawn in by the blurb of the story. I have always been fascinated with murder mysteries, and the mystery genre is the main reason I was drawn to reading in the first place.
Unfortunately, this book did not meet my expectations and I was not satisfied with how the story unfolded.
The first few chapters of this book was very engaging and enticing that I really thought that this would be my new favorite read. But, after the initial impact, I felt that the book failed to deliver on the overall premise.
The characters, except for the lead, are a little underdeveloped and I felt no connection to any of them. In fact, the lead character was very frustrating and it was tiring to be in her immature mind.
The plot on itself is also a little weak and underdeveloped. Many things are unrealistic, which is a little frustrating considering what the blurb was promising.
I hope the next books of this series would be better, but I’m not sure if I would still pick it up.
My Book Rating Breakdown
🌼 Main Character:⭐⭐⭐☆☆
🌼 Significant Other: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆
🌼 Support Characters:⭐⭐⭐☆☆
🌼 Writing Style:⭐⭐⭐☆☆
🌼 Character Development:⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
🌼 Thrill Factor: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
🌼 Romance: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆
🌼 Pacing: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆
🌼 Ending: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆
🌼 Unputdownability: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
🌼 Book Cover:⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
☁ FINAL VERDICT: 3.42/5 ☁
What’s your favorite murder mystery?
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