My rating: 4/5 stars
Rebecca Crow’s four-year-old son is dead, and her husband is missing.
Divers find her husband’s car at the bottom of a canal with their son’s small, lifeless body, inside. The police have no suspects and nothing to go on but a passing mention of a man driving a van. Guilt and grief cloud Rebecca’s thoughts as she stumbles towards her only mission: revenge.
James Porter didn’t plan to kill Rebecca’s son, but he’s not too broken up about it, either. There are more important things for him to worry about. He needs money, and his increasing appetite for murder is catching the attention of a nosy detective.
Come Join the Murder is a fast paced thriller that focuses on grief and revenge.
The story is told from the perspectives of both James and Rebecca. I thought this added a very interesting dynamic to the novel. It meant that there was no real mystery involved in the novel as the reader is aware from the beginning that James had committed the murders of Rebecca’s husband and son. Having the story told from both perspectives definitely made the novel interesting and it was a great way to explore both characters.
My heart went out to Rebecca immediately. The loss that she suffered was heartbreaking. Her grief was very well written and I felt all of it. Rebecca starts to fall into a downward spiral as she seeks revenge for her husband and son by searching for their killer. The dual narrative allows for comparison between Rebecca and James and she continues her mission for revenge. It also shows how two characters start at polar opposites but as Rebecca continues her journey of revenge she starts to become more like James. Rebecca became reckless and showed no empathy and in the end, was she really that different to James?
For me, the start of this novel was excellent and set the novel up very well. The novel is very fast paced and at parts it felt like it should have been slowed down and more detail added. Rebecca’s switch from grieving wife and mother to vigilante seemed almost too quick and I would have loved more detail on her thought process.
I read this novel so quickly because I was desperate to find out how it would end. This was a different take on a murder novel as we already knew who the killer was yet I still had so many questions. Would James and Rebecca ever meet? Would Rebecca be able to avenge her husband and son’s deaths? Or would James catch on to Rebecca before any of that could happen?
I feel like saying that I enjoyed this novel would not be right. It covers some very dark topics and is full of grief and death, but I would recommend it. It is fast paced and well written, deeply exploring topics around murder and revenge. If you are thinking about reading this novel, be prepared to take on Rebecca’s grief.
Book’s Amazon Page: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B084FHXZZL
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This one sounds like an exciting read! A really good, thoughtful review Alice 🙂
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Thank you so much Stephen!
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