- File Size: 2115 KB
- Print Length: 79 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: The Wild Rose Press, Inc (December 7, 2016)
- Publication Date: December 7, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01MF4GV69
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,990,342 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Twelfth Day Kindle Edition
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I found this to be an interesting mystery/suspense story. I enjoyed the Christmas premise – and thoroughly enjoyed a Christmas story where the heroine pretty much hates Christmas – I found it quite refreshingly different. I also enjoyed how there were a few sub-plots mingled in with the main plot of the killer who murdered Sabrina’s family and held her captive a number of years ago.
I thought the cold and isolated lake was an excellent backdrop for the murder-mystery and with a strong set of secondary characters my interest was captured quickly. The sub-plots with such a cast of good characters kept me turning the pages eagerly, deeply invested in what would happen next. I was exceedingly pleased when a number of my guesses about the various plots turned out to be incorrect (nothing I love more than a mystery that keeps me wondering!) but I did manage to predict a few of the more clichéd aspects of the plot. Still, I found overall the mystery was refreshingly different and kept me on my toes, so I really enjoyed that.
There is plenty of – very antagonistic to my mind – chemistry between Josh and Sabrina. Usually it annoys me when the hero and heroine spend most of the story at each other’s throats and then magically decide they actually really like each other toward the end of the story. In some respects this really frustrated me. While there certainly was chemistry both Josh and Sabrina really did seem to strongly dislike each other so that made their eventual romance seem fairly unrealistic to me. Thankfully I found this story so heavily invested in the suspense/mystery aspect of the plot I could just ignore the small romantic sub-plot and I don’t believe this lessened my enjoyment of the story at all. I feel this is a really wonderful mystery/suspense story, I just personally found the romantic aspect of it lacking.
With plenty of interesting and strong secondary character’s and a few really intriguing sub-plots as well as an excellently written main murder plot I found there was a lot to enjoy about this story. I very quickly found myself invested in both the mystery and a number of the characters and would happily read more mysteries by this author. A good, suspenseful read.
originally posted at long and short reviews
The story is about Sabrina Spencer, a high school science teacher who has a deep-seated hatred of all things Christmas so she has plans to lock herself in a cottage in the middle of nowhere to watch some Chickadees nesting and eating sunflower seeds, she plans to record it for her students to watch, as she has no other plans for the holidays she may as well make the most out of her time.
Her hatred of Christmas revolves around the song the Twelve days of Christmas as when she was a young and carefree teenager someone murdered her family and hummed the sing while keeping her tied to a chair. Something she has managed to put behind her as much as possible, until twelve days before Christmas she starts to receive messages.
Sabrina starts to panic but manages to keep a level head, and it helps that she has a hot handyman to keep her distracted Josh Craven is everything she needs to distract her, some man candy that his handy assistant Dustin Reynolds keeps revealing details about, like the fact he likes to drink and hook up. Sabrina feels safe with him, as he wouldn’t be interested in her. She’s just a science nerd, unless his interest in her is less than savoury, lots of people are interested in her after the murders. Is Josh the person behind it? Or is it a case of mistaken identity? You will have to read the book to find out.
Sabrina Spencer has a past that’s come back to haunt her. Josh Cravens doesn’t make a good first impression. Dustin may be a secondary character but he’s a special young man who will pull at your heart. Josh takes some time to warm up to. Sabrina will have you on the edge of your seat every time a piece of a mystery is revealed – not solved but revealed.
This is a different type of holiday read. If you like a mystery with some suspense then this just may be one to add to your library. It’s not heavy on the holiday theme, even though it plays a part in the story, so feel free to read it at any time of the year. The author does a great job of keeping a secret because she’s not going to reveal anything until it’s time. She doesn’t take the easy route to keep her reader entertained - she lets the characters shine. I look forward to reading more of her suspense books.
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
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