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I was surprised about how much I disliked this novel. I've read Christy Barritt's Squeaky Clean series and loved it! But this was FAR from the quality those novels. The character and plot development were terrible in this book. For one, Laura was a whining brat the entire book! She had several things to mope about, all tangents that the book could have done without entirely. There weren't any likable characters, no one worth cheering for. The plot was predictable, I honestly guessed the culprit from the moment they made their first appearance.
I really hope Christy Barritt doesn't waste any more time making this into a series as planned - it isn't worth it. I'm glad I grabbed this as a free kindle book, and only wasted my time reading it.
About the Kindle Edition - there are MAJOR formatting problems that make the story incredibly hard to follow. The breaks between characters' dialog aren't made when they should be, so often it's impossible to know when one character starts speaking after another. Paragraphs are also broken up at random, punctuation is missing... I'm surprised that it hasn't been pulled for further editing.
But that seems to change when a neighbor goes missing and is found dead on her couch. So much for life in sweet, but safe, suburbia, right?
Obviously, the likely suspect would be the victim’s husband, the Couch Potato King, who sells couches. How ironic.
As a victim of a crime in the past, Laura is hesitant to get involved, but that all flies out the window when she starts receiving threatening letters and finds out that someone is watching her, actually videotaping her.
Everyone in town is a suspect—a cheating husband, a futon-selling competitor, a candidate for a homeowner’s association.
Being a housewife has bored Laura so much that she is questioning everyone and everything—her neighbor’s motives, her rocky marriage, her happiness, everything. Could solving a murder actually kick the boredom? Maybe, except that she was terrible at it. I mean, I like stories with amateur sleuths, but, usually, they have some qualified skills for it (eye for detail, good memory, karate skills, something.) Laura didn’t have anything, plus, she kept on guessing wrong throughout the whole book. What kind of amateur sleuth was that?
But, overall, this was a quick, quirky mystery.