I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
by Karen Rose
Released: August 29th 2017
Published by Berkley
“For me this book didn’t really work as a standalone.”
~ Under the Covers
A child is the only witness to her mother’s murder, only she isn’t talking. Until Taylor Dawson, an intern at her therapy centre. But, when the murderer finds out there was a witness it puts Taylor and everyone around her in danger. But Taylor her her own secrets and her reasons for interning at the therapy aren’t quite what they seem.
Before I dive into what I thought about this book, I need to caveat that I haven’t read any of the previous books in this series. This didn’t effect my understanding of the story line of Monster in the Closet but I think it would have added to the experience. Many of the characters around Taylor have already had a book in this series, so I believe they will be familiar to those of you who follow the series. Unlike me who dived in at book 5. It didn’t directly affect my enjoyment…but I think I would have rated this slightly higher if I had been following the series and experienced that feeling of familiarity and home coming when you get to check in with past characters.
This book started out fantastically, I was literally on the edge of my seat as the poor little girl witnesses what happened to her mother. I also really liked the action packed end of the book. However, I thought this book lost a lot of momentum during the middle. It seemed to veer away from the main story line and instead check in with some of the past characters, more than what was necessary for the story. Which, is probably why I would have liked this book more if I had read the previous books. It took away the tension created at the beginning of the book and made the middle of the book a bit of a slog.
For me this book didn’t really work as a standalone. Not in regard to the story but there were too many characters, all with unique relationships with other characters which I wasn’t really aware of and there was too much dialogue and sitting around talking about things and not enough actual doing of things. In conclusion, it started out fantastically but didn’t really follow through.
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Annnnnd I will stop myself there, before I start waxing lyrical about my love of historical romance and fantasy as well; no one needs to know about my elf fantasies. As you can tell, I adore and day dream about most romance genres, and my three big loves are 1) reading about romance 2) writing about romance and 3) talking about romance with my gals. Which, is why I love Under the Covers so much, I get all my bookish needs satisfied and don’t get judged when I talk about my favourite characters like they are real people. Which they are right?