To me the most exciting part of releasing a book is discovering the reaction of readers. After all that work I can’t help but wonder…did they like the end result? Well, reviews are coming in and the results are great, people like Still Life and I could not be happier.
But, recently a frustrated reviewer contacted me. It seems she was unable to post her review on purchase sites and since she is not a participant in social media she couldn’t post there either. So, I decided to post her review here. I love that, much like a book author, this reader was so adamant about wanting to get her own words out into the world.
What follows is Barb W.’s review of STILL LIFE. Thanks, Barb!
D.B. Kennison’s first novel, Still Life, was a roller coaster of emotions. Filled with suspense, adventure, romance and a “who done it” plot. From the very beginning when Randi Lassiter, a jilted wife, who is a real estate agent by day and a PI at night working for a divorce attorney, nabbing adulterers with her colorful, purple hair cohort CJ are in a dark alley late at night to photograph a two timing husband through a window in a seedy hotel, the Bells. To the nail biting last page you feel you are traveling right beside them, even seeing and smelling the crime scenes. You are right with them through all the twist and turns they experience while helping, usually unsolicited help, in catching an unlikely serial killer.
Enter Homicide Detective Jon Bricksen a detective from the big city of Milwaukee, where he was fed up with all the crime and murders and a broken romance. He thought the quiet, quaint, laid back town of Mt. Ouisco would be a refuge for him and his dog, Dammit, only to be drawn in to a series of murders that also lead him to meet Randi. Their first meeting, at the Hometown Cafe, where Randi and CJ were being held for questioning after the discovery of the body outside the motel, sets the tone for a fiery and explosive relationship which started by Randi thinking Jon was eye candy but a ball-scratching egomaniac and Jon thinking she was a interfering scatter brained local…the sparks flew and it was head to head battering from there.
I am looking forward to reading more of Randi’s adventures.
Caution: This book will keep you on the edge of your seat and the suspense will keep you up all night…don’t read before going to bed.