Recovery by Alexandrea Weis
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I didn't realize when I read this book that it was actually part of a series. "Recovery" is a great stand-alone book that I really enjoyed reading. It took me about 20 pages to get into it and I think that is because I haven't read the first book, "To My Senses" yet.
I enjoyed discovering the characters in this book. Nicci Beauvoir seemed to be having a hard time recovering from her fiance's death and was using the book that she had written about him as therapy. The interaction between Nicci's father and uncle was funny.
Set in post-Katrina New Orleans, "Recovery" is about Nicci Beauvoir's search for her fiance, David Alexander's killer. Nicci is pulled into a world of intrigue by David's old employer, Simon La Roy, who also wants to know who murdered David. Simon sends Dallas August, another employee of his, to New Orleans with Nicci. As Nicci and Dallas investigate David's murder, they set sparks off each other that go from being adversarial to romantic at the end. Nicci's family and friends are very interested in their relationship because they, particularly Dallas, are asking so many questions about David. They are not certain what to make of Dallas. At first, I don't think that Nicci was certain what to make of Dallas either.
The only thing that I didn't like about this book is how Nicci and Dallas always seemed to be screaming at each other, even when they were out in public and it would seem discretion would be the better option. Seriously. Conversations were "he screamed at her...", "she screamed at him..." Maybe that was just the sparks between the two of them, but I had a hard time with that since several of these conversations took place in public and I would have thought that they would have wanted to keep their conversations about their search for David's killer to themselves. Otherwise, "Recovery" is well written and kept me guessing who the killer was until the end. Since I enjoy mysteries that keep me guessing and don't tell me "who done it" until the end, I liked this book. I did have my suspicions about who the killer was, but there were a couple of things that had me thinking that maybe the killer was someone else. Overall, I really enjoyed this book and found it to be interesting and hard to put down.
I've added "To My Senses" to my list of books to read. I will be looking for more from this author in the future.
I obtained an electronic copy of this book from the author to review as part of her Virtual Book Tour.
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