More thrillers to round out the month of November
Thanks to ECW Press for the free copy in exchange for my honest review
HONEY – Brenda Brooks (Released October 1st, 2019)
Another for #bravethebacklist
How far would you go for love?
As 24-year-old Nicole Hewett mourns at her father’s grave, she worries about her mother, badly injured in the car accident that killed him, and whether they’ll be able to make ends meet. Then she sees her beloved childhood friend, Honey, standing beside her old Cadillac. As Honey approaches, Nicole realizes how numb she’s felt ever since Honey fled their hometown without explanation six years earlier. Before long, Nicole’s old fascination with Honey is reignited, along with a new desire for her wild, charismatic friend. But the prodigal has returned bearing secrets and troubles, and when Honey disappears again Nicole must decide: Is her lover in peril? Or is she the peril?
Honey is a thrilling modern noir novel with a classic refrain: nothing is more dangerous than love.
My Thoughts: 3/5 stars
Another quick one to slide into the November wrap up! At just below 250 pages I was able to fly through it in just a couple sittings. HONEY had a different kind of writing style – it kind of felt all over the place and scattered at times. However, I could see it being because it is told solely from Nicole’s perspective. We don’t get the alternating perspectives like we’re used to in thriller novels. I know not everyone is a fan of the first person narrative style, and it usually depends on the book for me. I think in this case it really worked.
Nicole is at her father’s funeral and she comes face-to-face with her childhood best friend, Honey. It’s been years since they have seen each other. One day Honey and her mom just up and disappeared, and Nicole never heard from her again, until now. Of course there’s going to be some drama that ensues and secrets and betrayal. Man, this book is like watching a train wreck in action. Everything gets dark and just takes a nose dive as the book progresses. Who doesn’t love watching things unravel like this for our characters? There was a bit of a lull for me in the middle of the book, but that last quarter of it really kicks into high gear with the pacing and action.
If I come across more from Brenda Brooks in the bookstore I would definitely be grabbing a copy. Always fun finding a new author!