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Friday, June 23, 2017

Take It to the Grave by Zoe Carter

Genre: Mystery/Psychological Thriller
Publisher: HQN
Release Date: June 1, 2017

I have such mixed feelings about Zoe Carter's book. The setting was fine. Pace and writing were solid. I hated the characters though. While I felt compelled to keep going, the more I read the novella, the more I hated them.

Sarah married into an uber-wealthy Hamptons family. Since having a child, she's not trim enough for her husband or his parents. Her in-laws are also not happy that they've never met her family. With her son's christening coming up, they insist that she invite her family.

That sets the stage for Sarah's discontentment with the family she's married into. It's clear she's hiding something, but who knows what. It all culminates with a cryptic email that reveals someone knows what she's hiding and that person is ready to share it with the world.

Take it to the Grave drove me nuts. I found myself bored with Sarah's sister's chapters. I couldn't make sense of the opening. I really, really couldn't understand why she stayed in that marriage. Her in-laws were bad enough, but her husband was creepy. It kept me from finding the book as enjoyable as I thought it would be.

This is a serial novella, so everything is open-ended. I suppose with future novellas, some things may start making sense. At this point, however, I have too many questions to enjoy what I'd read. That in itself is compelling me to keep reading.

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