Just when Kelly’s life has calmed, she faces yet another of life’s puzzles. Except the pieces in this one don’t fit. First the apartment behind her house is torched, then a string of bizarre “accidents” occur to set her off-balance. Who is stalking her? Where does the disappearance of a young girl and her disreputable boyfriend fit in? And why are two men using the same name? Is the surprise inheritance another part of the puzzle? At a time when she is most vulnerable, Kelly can’t make the pieces fit, but she knows she must protect her daughters. Before Kelly can get the whole picture, she helps the family of a hostage, rescues a kidnap victim and attends a wild and wonderful wedding.
Published May 5th 2015 by Turquoise Morning Press
In my opinion, the first part of Desperate for Death read as an epilogue. It felt like it was the aftermath for events that I had missed in a prior book. It would provide brief instances of explanation as to what happened in her past and why she would have more suspects coming after her than her police officer husband.
Once you played a little detective as a reader and understood the series more, it was easy to become engrossed in the characters. I don’t read a lot of suspense where entire families are involved, so involving two girls in secondary school was an interesting addition. When I picture suspense I envision an independent man on the run avoiding his past, not a pregnant woman with two older children being harassed and threatened as she tries to continue her normal life as a working mom. The characters were easy to relate to and connect with so it felt like you were part of the family, living the mystery with them. The back stories complemented and enhanced the main struggle well.
I would not recommend this as a standalone, but did thoroughly enjoy it once I understood the series. As a standalone I would give Desperate for Death three out of five stars because of the confusion, but with the series I would give this a perfect score. Thank you for the opportunity to read and review this title.