Sunday, 3 September 2017

Review: Playing Dead by Julia Heaberlin

So, I may have mentioned I've had lots of new ideas during my hiatus on the blog. Again, sorry for not being around. Really, I've had lots to write about, but just no time to write and I guess a lack of motivation to write. I have however read a lot of things, done a lot of things and bought a lot of things recently so I have tons of things to share and Playing Dead by Julia Heaberlin is one of those things.

It's been a while since I've given you a book review. But, having read and reviewed Black Eyed Susans by Julia Heaberlin previously, I thought another of her books might be a good place to start.

I really enjoyed reading Black Eyed Susans and it is a book I've gone back to and read more than once. I really enjoyed it and it was an easy read. This meant I was really excited to read Playing Dead thinking it would be along the same lines.

The story has a main character called Tommie and revolves around her identity and her family’s identity. As Black Eyed Susans was quite a fast-paced story, I expected the same style for this book, but this wasn't the case and I found myself disinterested. It's not very often that I feel this way about a book especially when its a crime novel. But, it just left me feeling a little deflated.

There are some really good chapters – one where the main character has travelled to visit a well-off potential relative and is walking through the maze of their garden certainly had my pulse rating.

Unfortunately I'd only give this book a 2 out of 5 – it's something I won't be reading again and won't be sitting next to some of my more coveted books. I hate to give a negative review, but it just didn't do anything for me.

Have you read Playing Dead, what did you think?


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