Dead Certain by Adam Mitzner
Genres: Mystery, Thriller, Fiction
Published: 1st June, 2017 (Thomas & Mercer)
Well, this one was pretty good! I quite liked the idea of the book within the book (Charlotte’s half finished novel as a clue to her murder).
Can’t say the same thing about having to read some dialogues and scenarios twice because suddenly the story switched to the killer’s point of view. The fact that the identity of the murderer was quite obvious early on did not bother me. It was actually quite interesting, seeing how he behaves and trying to figure out what his motives were.
That said, the killer going after Ella, and plotting her murder to tie up the loose ends, that were not even loose at the point he came up with this brilliant idea, was a bit over the top. I kept thinking “But what the hell for? Just chill, dude!”
To be fair the reason why he killed poor Charlotte is nothing earth shattering, and other reviewers marked this up on the negative side, but having watched tons and tons of true crime documentaries I know sometimes the motives for real murders are just plain stupid, and frankly disappointing.
From the book description the main character, Ella, sounded pretty interesting. I imagined her double life will be a big part of the story. Kind of like imagined something along the lines of Gipsy, the series I saw recently about this therapist who lives a proper double life with fake identity and a lot of subterfuge. Nothing like this happened here though. Apart from singing once in a club under a different name and some lipstick on, it was not mentioned again, and even the main character admitted, anyone who’ve ever met her would know straight away that it’s her. (Couldn’t help but think of Ron Swanson / Duke Silver… I’ll see myself out).
According to the bio the author is a practicing lawyer, and I must say, all the lawyer talk was nicely done, in a no-bullshit fashion. I actually look forward to reading more stories from him.
P.S. Loved the fact that the main characters are 5″2 (like me) and not some six foot tall amazons!