Title: Give It Back
Author: Danielle Esplin
Published: March 3, 2016 by Black Rose Writing
Purchased: June 19, 2017 free, now $3.99 on Kindle.
Blurb: Lorraine: Not long ago, Lorraine lost her husband to another woman. She thought that was the worst thing that could happen to her, but soon she realizes it’s just the beginning of an everlasting nightmare.
Lexy: Lexy, an au pair from London, moves to Seattle to help Lorraine with her infant son. But she didn’t come for the child…she came for something else.
Ella: When Ella receives a call from her sister, Lorraine, who begs her to leave San Diego to spend time with her, she decides to take a few days off from work to visit her. Frightened to see how much Lorraine has weakened since her diagnosis eight months ago, she packs a bag and heads to Seattle with a foreboding feeling that this might be the last time she sees Lorraine.
But on her way to the airport, she learns that something shocking has happened since she last spoke with Lorraine and now. To make matters worse, once Ella arrives in Seattle, Lorraine’s story keeps changing, making Ella question how reliable her sister really is.
Soon Ella is entangled in a mysterious investigation, and more so, in the lives of everyone involved. She realizes not only that she won’t go home anytime soon but also that she’ll never look at others the same way she did before.
Review: Well it’s taken me a month to get a little over 30% and I just don’t want to continue with it. The writing sometimes doesn’t make sense, there are a couple of phrases that I had to re-read because I didn’t think it fit. I even took some notes on my Kindle.
“My phone vibrates, and my arm swings out, propelling my glass to the floor.” Now, I believe she meant that she just pushed the glass to the edge of the table and it fell but the use of the word propelling makes me think that she threw it.
“It looks just like the blood that pours from the victims’ bodies when I force my blade into their skin.” I had to ask do corpses bleed like that? The word pours makes me think of fresh blood and she’s a mortician so that body isn’t exactly that fresh.
There was potential here but the constant switch between third and first person along with the switch between 3 POV’s was a little off putting. Now I can appreciate a story with all POV’s of the characters but, the way this was executed made it seem like the switches were very abrupt.
Also, I usually like the flashbacks, that gives me more info about what’s going on in the present but, it really seemed like it just too full of flashbacks. The readers barely get any time in the present and I would forget about the actual mystery going on here.
The cover is beautiful, it’s very eye-catching and gives a feeling of it being a good mystery but the story itself leaves much to be desired. I couldn’t get sucked in and I couldn’t really care about the mystery.
Thank you for reading my review.