Author: Nancy Bush
First Published: April 25, 2017
Genres: Mystery, Romantic Suspense, Thriller
Format: ARC, eBook
Just one look, and it’s clear they’re perfect together. It’s in the way they touch, talk, and kiss. They share the same interests. The same twisted passions. They do everything together. Even kill…
ARE TOO GOOD
Julia St. James Ford has washed up on a beach near her home in Seaside, Oregon, with no memory of how she got there or how her husband, Joe, died. The police rule the case an accident. But Joe’s brother, Sam—Jules’ rescuer and her first love—suspects otherwise. While Sam tries to piece the facts together, Jules fears someone is watching, determined to find out how much she knows.
TO BE TRUE
Behind closed doors, behind Jules’ neighbors’ smiles, are terrifying secrets. A string of sordid thrill kills…and one survivor who never should have got away. And as she and Sam close in on the events of one tragic night, and the truth comes flooding back, remembering a killer’s face may be the last thing Jules ever does…
I didn’t know that this book was a romantic suspense novel when I picked it up and I was surprised when I was flooded with so much romance. It is my first experience with the genre and I’m honestly not sure if I care for it. While the romance can be great, I found it distracting and kind of eye-roll worthy in this particular story.
Sam and Jules were high school sweethearts, but after a betrayal they break up and Jules marries Sam’s brother. After tragedy strikes, Jules can’t remember anything about the love for the husband that was there for her and spends all of her time thinking about all the great sex she had with Sam when they were younger. Cringey and disrespectful, I groaned so much and honestly struggled to care for either of the main characters and it decreased my enjoyment.
All he could think about was her dove gray eyes, her ironic smile, the feel of her silky skin…
Thank goodness for the second half of this book, when the mystery really started to come together. The thrill killers were an interesting pair that brings to mind several real-life serial killer couples. It was a confusing twist on an otherwise average murder mystery and at first, I had been wondering why they were even in the story at all. As I dug deeper into the story, however, things pulled together nicely and I actually found these characters to be pretty interesting.
This was the part of the book that was actually good, and the ending alone convinced me to push my rating just a little bit higher. It was worth slogging through the romance to get to the good stuff. While I found certain parts predictable and had figured out the dastardly duo immediately when they were introduced I still enjoyed unraveling the mystery and finding a few surprises along the way.
Warnings: Violence, sex