Murder Notes by Lisa Renee Jones
**Advanced Reader Copy provided by NetGalley**
Publication: March 27, 2018
Read: January 2018
2 1/2 – 3 Caffeinated Stars
Murder Notes is Lisa Renee Jones’ first book that can be classified as a true mystery. This novel follows the FBI profiler, Lilah Love. While working a case, Lilah is forced to go back to her hometown in the Hamptons which she has avoided for good reasons. You see, Lilah has some secrets in her past that she would like to remain hidden and the more time she spends in the Hamptons, the more opportunity for her secrets to become unburied.
What I thought:
When I heard that Lisa Renee Jones had written a mystery I have to admit, I was a little sad. I’m not a huge fan of mysteries and I tend to hate how predictable they are but I love thrillers. If a book can make me want to turn that next page and see what happens, I’m generally in love with it. So when I went into this book, I had hopes that Lisa Renee Jones would delve deeper to the thriller aspect instead of the pure mystery aspect.
One thing that seemed off to me was how many redundant phrases there were. The author really seemed to love “Murder Girl,” “Devil in the Details,” and “Otherworld.” These were used constantly and it became annoying after a bit. The writing was not my favorite either. It could be that Lisa was taking on the Mystery genre so she was trying hard to change her voice, unfortunately it seemed to fall flat to me.
The plot was interesting and it did keep me guessing but I would say this was more of a mystery than a thriller. There were no moments where I was on the edge of my seat wondering what was going to happen next. It’s a little disappointing how slow this story was.
The redeeming part of this book is how intricate the plot line was. Though it was slow, it was elaborate and interesting. I never knew what to expect and I appreciated it. There were of course a few no brainers with the book but I enjoyed how thought out the plot was. It kept my attention even though it was a slow read.
All in all, it was okay. It wasn’t perfect but it wasn’t bad.
** I received this book in exchange for an honest review. Now, I know this blog just started but I want you to know that I will always give an honest rating. If I love a book I will sing its praises. If I hate a book, I’ll share my critics. I’m honest to a fault and if it gets me kicked off of an ARC team then so be it.**