ARC Review: Frost by Sam Neumann

Posted December 12, 2018 by Suzanne in Reviews / 4 Comments

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.
ARC Review: Frost by Sam Neumann
Frost
by Sam Neumann

3 Stars

BOOK INFO


Released: November 1st 2018
Format: eARC
 

“This was a slow moving thriller that I still can’t decide if I liked or not.”
~ Under the Covers

Sam Neumann is a new author to me and there are a couple of reasons why I picked this book up. Firstly it snagged by attention with it’s beautiful and slightly gothic cover. Secondly, it tapped into the part of my psyche that can’t get enough of true crime with its inclusion of the character Arnold Dooley a man who it is widely believed killed his wife, however, there wasn’t enough evidence to convict. Sound familiar?

Amy Frost is our main protagonist; she is a washed out former comedian with a drinking problem who now works in the town diner as a waitress. By serving Dooley and listening to his protestation of innocence she starts a cascade of events more dangerous and closer to home than she can imagine.

It took me a while to warm up to this book. The main reason for this was that Amy is a hard person to like. She’s bitter and self-destructive, it’s not a pleasant experience living insider her head. But, as the story progresses and she starts questioning Dooley’s story it does get more engaging. There are some truly creepy moments in this book and I did enjoy the atmosphere that Neumann created. Was Amy getting paranoid, somehow infected and tricked by Arnold Dooley? Or was someone really out to get her?

However, I found the pace of the book very slow until you hit about 70% and then it speeds up. I am not a fan of books that do this, I prefer the build up to be steady throughout the book, rather than slow and then a burst of excitement toward the end. I believe this book would have been far better if some of the thriller elements were more evenly distributed through the book. As for the story I still can’t decide if I like the conclusion, to me it seemed too farfetched when a more ‘pedestrian’ explanation would have been psychologically more interesting. I don’t want to say more and give spoilers!

This was a slow moving thriller that I still can’t decide if I liked or not. It was intriguing in some places but overall I am not sure it’s a thriller I would recommend.

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Gosh, we all seem to be admitting our ages…and I hate that I am at the point in life when admitting my age is a “thing”…whodda thunk it? I was kind of hoping I would remain 21 forever. However, I have moved out of that New Adult stage of my life and am now strictly in the Contemporary Romance age zone of 28. I would prefer to be in an Urban Fantasy arena, but I don’t think I own enough black leather. However, I could probably squeeze into some PNR, I am fully prepared to give a horn job to my favourite demon, or suck on my sexy vamps…fangs and I am definitely up for some heavy petting with some fine looking shifters. Than again their’s always Sci Fi…I am fully prepared to do the right thing and help some poor alien race with more 6 packs than a supermarket repopulate their planet. Not that I am loose woman or anything.

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?
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That’s a shame. I was taken in by the cover as well.

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Thanks for the review Suzanne

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Great review suzanne!! Shared on all my socials!!😉💖

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Thanks for the review.