Happy belated release to this new mystery!
Thanks to Lake Union for the advanced copy in exchange for my honest review.
TIPS FOR LIVING – Renee Shafransky (out now!)
My Thoughts: 4/5 stars!
When diving into TIPS FOR LIVING by Renee Shafransky, I was entirely sure what to expect. A lot of times I think it’s best to go into books blind so that you have no preconceived notions or expectations. In this case, I was very pleasantly surprised. I wasn’t expecting it to be as suspenseful as it was – I figured it would be more on the lighter side of the genre. There’s murder, red herrings, some romance, and it has a good pacing throughout.
Nora discovers that her husband, Hugh, has gotten another woman pregnant. After a few years and with the help of her friend, she is able to put her life back together in a new town with a new job. Things are finally getting back into a state of normal for her when Hugh and his new family move into a house nearby. Will Nora be able to cope with this?
Things get even more complicated when Hugh and his wife are found shot to death. Nora becomes the prime suspect in their murders. She faces one big hurdle: she can’t account for the night of the murders. She knows that there are others that also had motive, but she needs to prove it to save her own life.
TIPS FOR LIVING had a large cast of supporting characters, and this can kind of confuse things in a few spots for some readers. Despite the great pacing and twists and turns to keep us guessing, there was a spot or two in the middle where it kind of slowed down, but that didn’t last long. This is a solid suspense debut and I’m very excited to see what else Shafransky comes out with in the future.
If you’re looking for a good suspense story with red herrings, a multitude of different characters, and a somewhat unreliable narrator, then I’d highly recommend picking this one up!
Do you like suspense novels with a variety of characters or do you prefer to focus on just a couple main characters?