A Short Time to Die by Susan Alice Bickford (3 stars)

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Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for an advance copy of this book in return for an honest review.

Well, once again I am definitely in the minority in my review. Everyone seems to think this was a 4 or 5 star read. I found it interesting, the characters were well-developed, and the main character, Marley, shows a lot of ingenuity. The story is told from two perspectives, Marley’s through the years, and a detective’s present point of view.  Marley’s step-family is deep into corruption in a small town, and Marley is hunted for what they think she might know. Without giving anything away, Marley escapes but is continuously chased by her step-family and later two detectives.

The story was predictable and didn’t hold much surprise. I think if you are looking for real thrills and suspense, there are better books out there. In addition, there were so many characters it was hard to keep track of who was who. This made the beginning of the story hard to follow, which is unfortunate because that’s where most of the action takes place. There are a lot of dysfunctional families and an ineffective police force to keep her on her toes, yet there is a happy ending. It’s a solid book, yet it’s a bit formulaic without a lot of surprises along the way.

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