This time I chose to read something supposed to be a light summer read. Read my review of ‘Hot Pursuit’ while having a nice-smelling coffee! 😉
I got this book for free from NetGalley and Pantera Press in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion.
I chose to read and review this book on Netgalley because as we’re approaching the end of summer more and more, I felt like I needed to read something light, kind of a summer read. Finally, as I don’t usually do that.
I expected this book to be a typical chick lit, and in a meaning it was, but it was something more and I’m glad it was.
In the beginning I wasn’t sure this book was the right choice, because it started out in a way I thought it indeed was going to be a pretty dumb chick lit. It was okay, but I’m not very good at suspending belief. With time a more interesting storyline came to light, and I learnt to like the characters as well.
See, this is not a simple romance, there’s a mystery/thriller kind of storyline that makes this book to be about a little more than just clichés.
Though, believe me, there’s tons of clichés. But as I got more into it, I found myself not caring so much about them anymore.
I’m still not sure, though, what was the point of running across so many cities in Europe. I partly picked up this novel because I like ‘travelling’ via the pages of a book, but this part was a huge disappointment. There were too many cities, all are among the big ones (that’s pretty unrealistic to me), and I felt it didn’t transfer the essence of those cities at all. The places I have never been to seemed like being based on postcards, and when we got to places I actually visited before (like Paris and Amsterdam) this feeling was even stronger.
The mystery part and investigation was quite weak at the beginning, but by the end, this novel convinced me. I don’t say it’s a very good and unique mystery, especially as I’m a huge fan of that genre, but from a book that’s not even supposed to be a real mystery novel, this case was quite solid.
Ironic is, as big a crime fan as I am, I enjoyed the relationship development in this one way more than the mystery. That was okay, but I found myself invested in the development of the two main characters way more than I expected. Maybe it was because of Sarah’s character traits that made me be uncertain about whom she’s going to chose to be with at the end, but I sure as he’ll didn’t know it for sure, not even before the very ending! Yet I enjoyed how her relationship with Nick developed, their banters, the way they got more and more honest with each other and themselves – and I enjoyed it not dependent on whether Sarah was going to want to be with him with time or not. (I won’t say if she does or not. Read the book and find out! Anything can happen.) I think what made me really like this was the development of their friendship, the fact that they fight, but at the end of the day I’m more and more convinced that they care about each other – and they’re more and more convinced as well. And I mean it very genuinely, not simply in a romantic way.
Let’s give it a grade!
- Story: 4/5
- Characters: 4/5
- Style: 3/5
- The Subjective Factor: 4/5
- GPA: 3.75
I would say the strength of this book is how it makes a good balance between light-hearted chick lit/romance and crime.
If you like either chick lit or crime stories, and you’re willing to try a book that is a little bit of a mix of these genres, than this book is for you. I don’t say suspending belief is very easy with this one, especially in the beginning, but by the second half it catches up, and there’s not really much of eye rolling anymore! 😁
Hilary Duff: Jericho
I think I wouldn’t read this book again (that’s only for extremely good ones), but I would read another book by this author, because according to this one, I enjoy her writing. Other standalones as well, but I would be up to read some other stories about Sarah and Nick teaming up and investigating stories.
Have you read this book? Would you like to read it? Do you like chick lit?
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