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Bitter Past (Ellie Matthews Novels Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Ellie Matthews gave up her career as a criminalist when a gruesome case became personal. When Ellie finds a student murdered, the campus is in chaos, students are scared, gossip is flowing and news reporters are circling for a story. After a close friend and colleague becomes the prime suspect, Ellie has to distance herself from the situation. Then another suspicious death occurs, and Ellie's mentor, the sheriff in charge of the case, asks for her forensic expertise in helping with the second death. Back in a world she thought she left behind, Ellie teams up with Detective Nick Baxter, to find a killer before anyone else dies.
I loved this book. It was well written, has great characters, and the story well plotted. Just when you think you know who did it, you find out you're wrong. When I did find out who was responsible, I was very surprised. It is a very engaging read and I couldn't put it down. If you love mysteries, you will love this one.
NOTE: I was given an advanced copy of the book from the publishers through Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank them for that because I really enjoyed it!
The author has created believable characters who handle their jobs with respect and treat the victims with dignity. It is obvious that meticulous research has been done as the author is able to describe the various procedures and even options available as Ellie and others assess the crime scene and hunt for clues. This isn't done like on TV, but rather as an actual criminalist would act at a crime scene and in the lab. The research carried over to the portions of classes we read about Ellie teaching as well. She was a strong individual when related to her jobs. Her personal life was a little more lax with excessive drinking and questionable judgement about men. She has her sister and young nephew living with her, and it is obvious that these remaining family members mean a lot to her.
The author did a great job of describing the various settings throughout the book, whether it was a convenience store robbery scene, the body farm, or a crime scene. This exemplary focus on surroundings allowed the reader to feel like they were actually in the background watching the story unfold-both the grizzly and happy parts of the book. Combine that with the character descriptions and vivid recounting of lab work, and you have a dynamic book that feels less like fiction and more like true crime. Realistic in every way, this was a book that demanded to be finished without delay and won't disappoint any reader!
One, it was much darker than Ms. Fardig usually wrote. However, it still had the same characteristics you’ve come to expect in her books. Witty inner-thoughts, dash of (dark) humor, strong heroine, and unfinished love story. The main mystery story was finished, but the background sort of romance story was to be continued to the next book(s), as with her other books.
I gotta say that I liked this book better. No, it’s not really for lazy time, but it’s more captivating for me. I found myself attached to the book up until the end. The suspense started right off the bat, and kept the pace. Ellie was so real, I felt her struggle, her happiness, and her distress. The conclusion of the story was so shocking and heart-wrenching (for me), made me want the next book now. Well, I have to be patient though, right?
I was provided a complementary copy by the author / publisher through NetGalley, but this in no way influenced my thoughts or opinions.
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