I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Dead Like Me by Kelly Miller
Length: 7 hours and 34 minutes
Genres: Mystery, Crime
Published by Black Rose Publishing Pages: 226
Narrator: Angel Clark
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"Dead Like Me" was named a semi-finalist in The Kindle Book Review's 2013 Best Indie Book Awards Competition.
On edge after a two-week mandatory leave, Homicide Detective Kate Springer is blindsided when she discovers she shares a link with Tampa's newest murder victim. A troubled teen found strangled and dumped in a remote part of town. The bond between them threatens to expose Detective Springer’s past—a past she’s been hell bent on keeping secret. When the killer finally emerges from the shadows, Kate’s secrets aren’t the only thing on the line. So is her life.
Here is what I thought
Dead Like Me was a good start to a crime series.
Kate Springer grew up in a not so great environment. Her stepfather abused her but she turned out pretty decent but still sees a therapist. She became a homicide detective and things were going pretty good till they took a case where the young girl looked just like she did when she was that age. Instead of telling her partner she holds it inside and tries not to think about it. Robert would be an old man by now and she didn’t even know where he was so she concentrates on others that could have done it.
When she finds out that Robert indeed lives there but under a different name and was living next to the victim she isn’t sure he is innocent but they can’t find the girls ex-boyfriend and he seems like a good candidate for the crime. She wants to take down Robert but wants to make sure she gets the right killer and closure for the victim’s mother (though she seemed like a good candidate for killing the girl).
Kate is a complex character and the trauma she endured as a young girl is still right under the surface of her professional demeanor. It also drives her to be a good homicide cop. I felt like she should have figured out what was going on a bit quicker than she did as I was pretty sure I knew and guessed it right. I am still curious to see what happens with her as the series progresses.
Recommend if you like
Interesting characters and crime novels
Writing has always been in my blood. Since the age of thirteen when I coauthored a cheesy romance novel in a spiral bound notebook, I knew I wanted to pursue writing as a career. But somewhere along the way, I lost my voice. Sure I could craft a witty email or write marketing copy for other authors, as I did in a previous job, but to write that great American novel seemed just out of reach.
As is often happens, life simply got in the way. I got married, had three children, and adopted a black Labrador. As a stay-at-home mom, I was lucky to get an hour a day to myself. And when I found those few precious minutes, they were spent reading a good book. A voracious reader, I’ve been researching the mystery and suspense genres for more than two decades.
It was in my search for my own identity after staying at home with the kids that ultimately lead me back to my love of writing. I started my journey towards publication in August 2010. The first draft only took four months to write, but was followed by an enormous amount of time rewriting, and an even longer time searching for a publisher. Determination, perseverance, and God’s blessing made my publishing dream a reality. I signed a contract with Black Rose Writing on May 18, 2012 and my first mystery novel, “Dead Like Me”, debuted in November 2012.
This was my first time listening to Angel Clark and I thought she did a good job narrating this one. She has a nice pleasant voice.
Audio rating: 4
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