Review: Murder Road by Simone St. James

Murder RoadMurder Road by Simone St. James
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Greetings from Outlier Island!!!

I want to start this off by saying that I loved The Broken Girls, The Sun Down Motel and The Book of Cold Cases. I fully expected to have the same experience with this one.

In fact, upon learning the title and reading the synopsis, I expected to enjoy it even more than those previous novels, as it sounded like this was going to be toeing over the line into my favorite genre: horror.

Unfortunately, here we are, 3-stars. My lowest rated St. James to-date; such a mixed bag for me. I’m sad about it, but feel like it is bound to be a one off.

It has to be. I find it hard to believe that it’s not. For me, this felt completely different than her other books and not in a good way. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t disappointed.

I really hadn’t read any reviews prior to picking this one up, so after I finished it, shocked by how I didn’t love it, I scurried over here and was even more shocked to discover I’m almost the only person who didn’t love it!

I fully expected to find a mix of reviews. Those who loved it and those who didn’t as much. I started to doubt everything. What did I miss? I can understand it’s objectively still a good story, but it didn’t deliver me the vibes, tension, or mystery I’m accustomed to with this author.

I felt I was being generous giving 3-stars, but apparently I am being the biggest Debbie Downer in the book community. So, apologies all around for that.

I am going to move on. I’m going to pretend it never happened. I’m looking forward to whatever Simone St. James writes next. I still love her and her work. For some reason this one just did not work for me.

I think it started off bad. I don’t want to get too far into it, but the police suspecting these two MCs right away, the way they were treating them for assisting an injured woman was bizarre, to say the least. It was like, what?

It made no sense whatsoever for them to be treated with such hostility. Even though, ultimately we get a bit of an explanation for this, I wasn’t buying it. Too little, too late. It felt so contrived on the part of the Officer involved.

I think that opening left a sour taste in my mouth that left me judging the rest of the story too harshly. I admit that. I can appreciate some of the aspects of the story, but for me, I just wish it had been told differently.

Nevertheless, I’m glad I gave it a shot and as mentioned, I look forward to more from this author. Keep in mind, this is just my opinion. Even though it didn’t work for me, doesn’t mean it won’t for you.

If it sounds interesting to you, please pick it up. You’d do well to just ignore everything I just wrote. You most likely will not find yourself on Outlier Island with me. But if you do, bring drinks!

Thank you to the publisher, Berkley, for providing me with a copy to read and review. I love you and appreciate you.

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