This book was all about lies, right to the end. Georgina 'Geo' Shaw is sent to prison for five years for helping her high school boyfriend cover up the murder of her best friend, who would then go on to become the Sweetbay Strangler, killing a few more women. Upon her release, said boyfriend makes a grisly return in the form of dismembered bodies.
The beginning of the story focuses on Geo's time in prison. I found these parts to be interesting but strangely irrelevant to the story. It took up a large chunk of time that didn't eventuate to anything. When she is released the bodies began appearing, but there also wasn't much police work added to the story despite the lead detective being a central character. Kaiser Brody was Geo's friend back in school and still holds a soft spot for her. Another story line that wasn't fully fleshed out.
This brings me to the many, many flash back chapters. I found these the most tedious, not because they were bad but because I felt like I was reading a young adult book with a few semi-graphic sex scenes added in. Also, anyone who is triggered by rape scenes might want to approach this with caution but it's nothing too graphic.
The ending kicked the story into high gear. Geo sure as hell discovered her destiny and was destroyed by the beast of her own creation. It all ended with blood.
Overall, I felt like this story was very confused, like it didn't know if it was adult crime, young adult with a bit of crime thrown in or something in between. By the end it all made sense but I found myself not really caring. None of the characters were very likable and I didn't care what happened to any of them. An average read for me. I've enjoyed Jennifer Hillier's work before and I'll try more from her in the future.
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