Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Review: No Bad Deed by Heather Chavez

No Bad Deed
by Heather Chavez

Publisher: William Morrow
Pages: 320
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  Driving home one rainy night, Cassie Larkin sees a man and woman fighting on the side of the road. After calling 911, the veterinarian makes a split-second decision that will throw her sedate suburban life into chaos. Against all reason and advice, she gets out of her minivan and chases after the violent man, trying to help his victim. When Cassie physically tries to stop him, he suddenly turns on her and spits out an ominous threat: “Let her die, and I’ll let you live.”

A veterinarian trained to heal, Cassie can’t let the woman die. But while she’s examining the unconscious victim, the attacker steals her car. Now he has her name. Her address. And he knows about her children. Though they warn her to be careful, the police assure her that the perpetrator—a criminal named Carver Sweet—won’t get near her. Cassie isn’t so sure.

The next day—Halloween—her husband disappears while trick-or-treating with their six-year-old daughter. Are these disturbing events a coincidence or the beginning of a horrifying nightmare? Her husband has been growing distant—is it possible he’s become involved with another woman? Is Cassie’s confrontation with the road-side attacker connected to her husband’s disappearance? With all these questions swirling in her mind Cassie can trust no one, maybe not even herself. The only thing she knows for sure is that she can’t sit back while the people she loves are in danger.

As she desperately searches for answers, Cassie discovers that nothing is as random as it seems, and that she is more than willing to fight—to go the most terrifying extremes—to save her family and her marriage.

Kritters Thoughts:  Cassie Larkin is a veterinarian with two kids and a husband.  On the way home after a long day at the office, she stumbles upon a man and a woman and the woman is being attacked and she makes the split decision to jump to the rescue, this one night will change her life forever.  

I love a good mystery thriller with some good twists and turns, but this one felt just too unrealistic and way too many twists and turns and maneuvers.  Up to a certain point I was on board with the story and how things were going down, but towards the end when the chips were starting to fall it got weird and convoluted.  

I would read another by this author, but with caution.  I liked the characters and most of the plot, it was just the final culprits and their relationships that just didn't jibe with me. 

As always when I review mystery/thriller books, I try to be a little vague because I don't want to spoil any major plot points that could possibly ruin someone's reading experience of the book.    

Rating: enjoyable, but didn't leave me wanting more

Ebook 2020 Challenge: 28 out of 100

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from HarperCollins  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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