Sep 25

Book Review: Not So Picture Perfect

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not so picture perfectNew Orleans native and private investigator Yumi Matthews finds herself steeped in a murder investigation – a far cry from the vision of reuniting people with their missing loved ones. Still, she devotes herself to investigating these supposedly unsolvable mysteries as a way to distract herself from the haunting disappearance of her own brother 10 years ago.

Yet, while at this latest crime scene, she unveils a bizarre clue into her brother’s cold case, which terrifies and excites her all at once. As she digs deeper into the case, the lines between reality and fantasy blur, causing her to question everything she knows. A cast of strangers gather around her, from the familiar Detective Joshua Boulliard to the new, and possibly dangerous, Ash. How far is she willing to go to discover the truth surrounding these mysterious clues?

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My Thoughts:

Not So Picture Perfect was a good read.   It is a murder mystery with a bit of supernatural happenings thrown in.  I enjoyed the plot  immensely.  Yumi is a likeable character with a strong personality.  Her job as a private investigator keeps her busy and the audience entertained.  Her interaction with Josh and Ash add a bit of romance to the story and lightens the mood.  Cat was also a great character who added humor.  I did have a hard time with the use of the “F” word at times.  It was not necessary to the story.  Other, more descriptive words could have been used, which would have made Yumi seem more intelligent. There could have been more background information given on Yumi as well. I wanted to connect with her more and could have done so if I knew more about her.  I felt that the details surround the plot could have been elaborated on.  All this being said, I did like the story.  I liked the fact that I never knew what was going to happen next. There were several plot twists that kept me reading.   I am eager to find out what will happen with Yumi’s investigation on Sean.  I look forward to the next book in the “Between the Veil” Series.

I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions in this review are 100% my own.

About the author:

Amber CHorror, Fantasy, Humor

Nothing thrills me more than a wonderful blend of those three elements, and that’s what I strive to bring to the words in my books: whether it’s an urban fantasy suspense/mystery, or a fantasy short story taking the reader down a dark and wayward road. Life is rarely so black and white to be just any one of these things, and humor can be as dark as it can be light.

It also has a great way of cutting the tension, even if not everyone finds it funny. That’s okay. It’s good that we’re all different in the end.

But, no need to fret. I try to incorporate my own weird, and probably twisted humor, into the things I discuss. Some are things that catch my fancy that I just need to share, others are serious topics that I can’t help myself but state. Most times, they will be the little things that inspire me to keep writing. I pull inspiration from my shows, movies, and games (video, board, and tabletop RPGs). The littlest thing can spark my brain into running a marathon disseminating the information until it resembles what it needs it to.

I want to share my passions in this world, and that’s more than just my own writings. I love to be engrossed by a world that let’s me walk its own twisted paths. It doesn’t have to be glamorous, and it doesn’t have to be happy. But it has to be a good story, and the best stories have to be shared. I want to share my best stories with you, and I want to share the stories by others that move me.

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Hi, I’m Gina and owner of this blog. I'm married with numerous nieces and a nephews. I live in the Pittsburgh PA area. To work with me for a review for you, contact me at: libraryofreviews@gmail.com

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