Daily Review: If Looks Could Kill by Eileen Dreyer
March 13, 2018
I think of her as a female Harlen Coben, she keeps you thinking and guessing up to the final chapter.
Chris Jackson has secrets.
A wildly popular author of suspense novels, Chris hides away in the tiny town of Pyrite, Missouri, where she lives in a converted storefront and practices breaking-and-entering on local businesses.
Most of the citizens of Pyrite happily claim Chris as their very own celebrity. But the new police chief, Al MacNamara isn’t one of them. Recently transplanted from the mean streets of Chicago, Mac hates mysteries. And Chris Jackson is a mystery.
Then, the murders begin. Murders that look suspiciously like those in Chris’s books. Murders that escalate to a grisly stabbing that exactly mimics a story no one has read except Chris, herself.
With MacNamara’s help, Chris is forced to delve into the dark recesses of her past for answers. Is a madman stalking Chris? Or is Chris right to question her own sanity? Could she be committing the murders herself?
I’m still smiling after finishing this earlier today. A “true” mystery, couldn’t put it down until I finished it. Seriously one of the best I’ve read and I’ve read a lot of them lately. While I’ve read some good ones for sure, this was, I believe, from the old school of fantastic mystery/suspense writing.
The number of suspects kept growing, then changing, then growing some more. The suspects began showing other problems anyway so I kept thinking “now what!”
Not a bunch of love stuff (while the impression was left that there was a budding affection growing) and that was a superb touch. Stuck to the plot and whole reason for the story in the first place. I was totally thrown at the end when it all began to unfold. WOW! Never saw that coming, at all!
I will recommend this to any and all that love good suspense stories. Not let downs here for sure.
By Dr. J.L. Kuchta
This is the first time for me reading this author. I can guarantee it will not be the last. An author myself, I rarely have the time to sit and read straight through any book, putting aside my own work and research, to just sit and visit the places a good author takes me to.
The last time was a Stephen King story. Now it this book by Eileen Dryer. I quite literally could not stop until I finished the whole book. Once finished, I sincerely wanted to pack a bag and pay a visit to Pyrite, the little Missouri town where this story takes place. I wanted to shake the hands of the lead characters and stay for awhile just basking in the town.
That’s how real, Ms. Dryer made this story seem. Although not a perfect book (I caught one or two typos), it was a transfixing story; not once was I abruptly jarred out of the story. I’m hoping that won’t be the last we see of Pyrite – Please Ms. Dryer, some more about Chris and Mac, and the rest of the town.
It reminds me of the small town I live in……secrets and all. We just haven’t had a murder. Wonderful, wonderful book and I highly recommend.
his is one of my favorite books by Eileen Dreyer. Usually, she writes thrillers that are in a hospital setting with a nurse as the main character. That’s kind of what they say to authors, write about what you know, and she knows nursing and the St. Louis area.
Chris Jackson in an author. She lives, by choice, in a very small Missouri town, not far from St. Louis. The town helps keep her identity a secret and she helps the town, buying a business and supporting in other ways. When the new police chief catches her breaking into a local business he has a hard time understanding she owns the business and she is doing research for her next book.
Both Chris and Al, the new chief, come with baggage, him from a divorce and being shot on the job. Chris comes from an abusive religious mother and horrid teenage years.
They are thrown together because someone is using plots from her books to murder people in St. Louis. Al isn’t sure whether to suspect Chris, thinking her mental health is shaky, or work with her to find out what is really going on.
This is one of Dreyer’s better books.
I think of her as a female Harlen Coben, she keeps you thinking and guessing up to the final chapter. I like how this book ends too, with Chris and Al confronting her past so she can heal and move forward.
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