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Book 1 of 4 in the Slaughter Creek Series

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Award-winning novelist Rita Herron’s lifelong love of books began at the tender age of eight, when she read her first Trixie Belden mystery. A former kindergarten teacher, professional storyteller, and children’s magazine contributor, she wrote nine books for Francine Pascal’s Sweet Valley Kids series before shifting her focus to the adult market. Since then she has written over sixty romance novels and loves penning dark romantic suspense tales, sexy romantic comedies, and family-friendly romances, especially those set in small Southern towns. A native of Milledgeville, Georgia, and a proud mother and grandmother, she lives just outside of Atlanta.

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Product Details

  • Series: A Slaughter Creek Novel (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 354 pages
  • Publisher: Montlake Romance; Unabridged edition (December 25, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1611097452
  • ISBN-13: 978-1611097450
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 1.1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (413 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #110,676 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Tom McGee VINE VOICE on December 10, 2012
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Rita Herron is a seasoned author of more than 60 books; however, before "Dying to Tell: A Slaughter Creek Novel" I had never heard of her. I guess it is because she writes a lot of romance novels and that has never been a genre that I was much interested in.

That said, murder mysteries and suspense novels are my favorites and this novel has plenty of both.

Although the author repeats herself a lot in this thriller, I am not sure that it is not intentional. Each time it serves as kind of refreshment of the major elements of the story up to that point and it did make the book easy to follow.

It was hard for me to put this book down. I had to force myself to put this 376-page fast-page story of twists and turns down after 300 pages late last night. I could hardly wait to get my hands back on it today.

The authors writing skills and ability to keep the reader flipping suspense filled thought provoking pages was impressive.

At 3 years of age, twin sisters Sadie and Amelia Nettleton survived a single car accident that took the lives of their parents and placing them with their grandparents. Not long after that, Amelia's developed what everyone thought was an imaginary friend, but by the time she was 8, she developed an alternate personality believing she was Bessie. By 12 she developed a personality of a grown slutty woman, Viola and a couple years later a belligerent teenage boy, Skid.

Why Amelia and not Sadie? What dark secrets are they hiding that they are "Dying to Tell?"

In and out of treatment first at a free clinic then at a Sanitarium, Amelia was well enough to come home; however, something violent happened that changed their lives forever.
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For as much as I wanted to love this book, it came up lacking for me. From the book description it had so many elements that I love: returning home, capturing the one that got away, a psychological thriller. I should have adored this book, but yet there were several aspects that kept me from truly enjoying it.

Just a little clarification, Dying to Tell is a psychological thriller that is more of a suspense book with romantic elements than a romantic suspense. For as much as the author brought out the initial emotions between the hero and heroine, they really didn't grow as a couple throughout the book. They worked on a platonic partner level without any heat, and then all of a sudden the flood gates opened and they were a couple.

Secondly, I had to suspend reality for a little bit. I'm no expert on police procedure, but I don't think that in real life a sheriff would ever let a family member investigate a murder with him, especially someone closely related to the suspect. I understand, it was needed to get the hero/heroine together, but at the same time, it was a big jump from reality.

Also, the beginning was a little rough for me due to the writing style. There were short scenes that switched the point of view frequently. It seemed choppy and confusing at times. Also, I felt like the author placed flashback scenes at inopportune moments that were supposed to bring depth, but felt more like a listing of back history.

There were some good points of the book. I like how the author focused on family and family dynamics. I like the pacing of the book, and the book did keep me guessing till the end.
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Rita Herron was always an automatic buy for me. The last few years she has written books in a variety of genres. My personal favorite has always been the romantic suspense of which she is a master. This book has everything and more, it's a little dark and tragic but that's just part of a good mystery. The characters were well drawn and the story flowed smoothly. Once again this author has given me thrills, chils, romance and pure entertainment.
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Art therapist goes home as soon as she's told that her grandfather is killed by her mentally-ill twin sister. She doesn't believe her sister did it and she wants to know who did. Sheriff Hero helps heroine find the culprit especially as it becomes evident that other recent deaths may be linked to her grandfather's death. Their working together opens up some questions about their past relationship, specifically why heroine left Hero so abruptly 10 years ago.

This was my 1st book by Herron &, boy, it was a trial to get through! There were several times I was ready to throw this book because I was so bored or annoyed with it but I continued in hopes that it may get better. Most of the other reviewers seemed to have no such problems with it. But it never got better than bland for me. The book ended & I wasted hours of my life reading a substandard book.

My first problem with this book was that it lacked the emotional tone that made it neither romantic &/or suspenseful to read. Hero & heroine's great romance ended because of heroine's sudden abandonment of Hero due to her family secrets. I never felt their angst from their being separated from each other nor their struggling with their feelings now that they're seeing each other again. The words tell us they are but it failed to show me how affected they still are by each other. Sexual chemistry was lacking and the times that they're written in were almost like reminders that this book is also supposed to be romantic. Not good. Even the heroine's emotions re: her twin sister & murdered grandfather were lacking. This book was so emotionally bland it was like reading a college textbook.

My other big problem with this book was the lack of realism of the murder mystery.
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