When a book looks appealing enough as a start of a brand new series, in a whole new city with an attractive setting, I usually end up choosing to read it. This time I visited Scotland. It took me a chapter or two to understand the pronunciations, since I am not very familiar with the nuances of Scottish English. I watched a random video or two to get the ‘feel’ for the words and then got more preoccupied about the story.
The leading lady in this is Paislee Shaw and to give some credit to the statement made by the more unsavoury characters we meet, she is a goody two-shoes. She wants the best for everyone around her and associated to her, feels bad about losing her temper or even doing The leading lady in this is Paislee Shaw and to give some credit to the statement made by the more unsavoury characters we meet: She is a goody-two-shoes. She wants the best for everyone around her and associated with her, feels bad about losing her temper or even doing something that puts her son in a mildly bad light. Despite all this, you cannot help but like her. She sticks to her ideals even at the harshest of times, and this adventure actually shakes her understanding of people she considers her friends. She has unexpected events happen, which sets the stage for the rest of the misadventure. Paislee inserts herself into the investigation, thinking she is the only one who cared for the victim, a fact which turns out to be entirely accurate. We are also provided with multiple contenders for the love interests, and the mild overtures that they make are quite endearing, and it isn’t easy to decide who I will be championing. There are even two threads of unknowns thrown in to lay the ground for the next books (I assume), which did the job of making me curious. I will definitely be following this series if I can. The mystery itself kept winding into new territories, making it harder to guess the culprit but once last few chapters come around it was not hard to get to the villain of the piece before Paislee does!
I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers but the review is entirely based on my own reading experience
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I will be reading this tomorrow 🙂
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