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Well hello there! I hope you had a wonderful Valentine’s Day (if that’s something you celebrate), and Happy Weekend!! I’m spending my weekend hosting a Read-a-thon in The Reading Corner Book Lounge on Facebook , I’m on of the Admins of that group. We always have such an awesome time in our Read-a-thons. What better way to blast through your long TBR than spend the entire weekend reading?? It allowed me to read Ten Days Gone by Beverly Long without any interruptions. I know, I know…. a Crime Thriller on Valentine’s Day? I’m a weird person and I like crime thrillers or horror at weird times of the year. LOL Check out out group and ask to join! https://www.facebook.com/groups/645383289222144/about/
A small Wisconsin town is being terrorized by the brutal, unrelenting Baywood Serial Killer in Beverly Long’s newest detective series TEN DAYS GONE (MIRA Mass Market Paperback; February 18, 2020; $7.99). In this exhilarating first installment, detective partners A.L. Kitteridge and Rena Morgan are hunting a serial killer who has murdered four women in forty days, ten days apart. With no connections or evidence, A.L. and Rena somehow have to find the next victim before the killer can strike again.
In all their years working for the Baywood police department, detectives A.L. McKittridge and Rena Morgan have never seen anything like it. Four women dead in forty days, each killed ten days apart. With the clock is already counting down to when the next body drops, A.L. and Rena will have to act fast if they’re going to find the killer’s next victim before he does. But identifying the killer’s next likely target is only half the battle. With pressure pushing in from all sides, a promising breakthrough leads the detectives to Tess Lyons, a woman whose past trauma has left her too damaged to appreciate the danger she’s in. Unwilling to let another woman die, A.L. and Rena will put everything on the line to keep Tess safe and end the killer’s deadly spree once and for all—before time runs out again.
I absolutely love Crime Thrillers, especially with strong female characters. This one didn’t quite meet my expectations but it was in no way a horrible book. We have two main characters, Detectives A.L. Kitteridge and Rena Morgan, who are cast as competent units of the Baywood Police Force but also as two human beings navigating life outside of their careers. There was a huge focus on divorce and marital issues in Ten Days Gone, at times it was a little overwhelming and a downer for me but it clearly served a purpose in the plot line. I did enjoy how the victim been rescued was cast as someone with a physical disability and how it showed her adapting and accepting what happened. We don’t see a lot of that in fiction and it was a refreshing theme.
The character development was solid, but the sub characters popped in and out in kind of a choppy way. It felt a little confusing at times, but didn’t take too much away from the main story. It was clear that the author did her due diligence in research on how police investigations of this severity are handled, it was really interesting to see the Detectives train of thought on what leads to follow and who was a person of interest or not. All in all this was an overall solid 3.5 star read for me. It kept my interest but I wasn’t completely sucked in to the story like some other crime thrillers I’ve read where I obsess over what happens next. The characters were well thought out, and maybe for a reader who is married, or divorced, they will be able to relate more to the story. I have never been either and felt like I was held a distance.
Thank you to Harelquin and Mira Books for the opportunity to read Ten Days Gone by Beverly Long before it’s release date! I am so appreciative and enjoyed this book. To all who enjoy crime thrillers and want a good story to help escape the trials of real life, Ten Day Gone will be available online or at a store near you on February 18th. Thanks again for stopping by and as always, drop a comment and let me know if you’ve read this book and what you thought! 🙂
Positive Vibes and Happy Reading!