The purpose of Thrifty Thursday is to read a book which was free (at some point).
Kindle freebie on November 16, 2020 (currently $4.99 and in Kindle Unlimited as of writing this post)
Overall rating 4.28 with 478 ratings and 72 reviews
The Perfect Death by Stacy Claflin
Series: Brannon House #1
on January 21, 2020
Amazon, Audible, Audiobook
Kenzi Brannon loves the single life in California. She hasn't looked back since the day she walked away from her painful past.
Everything comes crashing down when Kenzi gets a call about her estranged sister's suicide. If that news isn't shocking enough, she also learns that she is now guardian to Ember, a niece she doesn’t even know.
Kenzi heads up north and finds herself in her family’s long-abandoned house. Neighbors whisper rumors of hauntings, but Kenzi has a more serious concern—mounting evidence points to her sister’s death not being self-inflicted.
When things in the house move seemingly on their own, Ember thinks it’s ghosts. But Kenzi fears something far more sinister. Could the person who killed her sister now be after her and her niece?
I liked Kenzi. She was smart, cool in the face of situations, and kind to others. She did a good job with getting to her niece and providing what she needed. She cared about what Ember wanted and let her be involved in the decisions. I did feel neither of them were quite concerned enough about their safety with a murderer out there.
Most of the characters other than the few main ones were cliche. I would have preferred more development or more gray scale rather than all good or all bad. This added to the unbelievable feel for me. The mystery plot was straight forward and expected. I can’t believe they didn’t think it was a murder initially!
The Perfect Death is the start of the new Brannon House series. My favorite parts were the development of Kenzi and Ember. With the twist at the end, there is sure to be more along those lines in the next book, Family Secrets. It releases next week and I’m reviewing it on audio.
These are only Kindle freebies I get, or ones through author newsletters which anyone can sign up and get for free. I don’t include things like Kindle Unlimited or Prime Free Reading (I do have it). Both Tantor and Audible have occasional free audios (to anyone) and I do include those. Since I one-click on 1-2 freebies a day or probably at least 5 a week, I came up with this feature to make sure I start reading them.
So I have thought about doing a Thrifty Thursday Challenge someday. For now, what I think would be fun is if you have read and reviewed a freebie, link up to your review (Goodreads, blog, facebook or wherever) below.
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