Next to Die – T.J.Brearton Review

Next to DieThank you to Net Galley and Bookouture for providing me with an e-ARC copy! All opinions in this review are my own and are honest.

[True-rating is actually 2.5 stars!]

This book is book 6 in the North Country series however it can be read as standalone, as can all the other books in this series.

The premise of this book was very interesting; when someone one who works at the same place as Bobbi and looks slightly like Bobbi and drive the same car as Bobbi is murdered Bobbi starts to question if it should have been her that was killed instead? And if so, does that meant that the murderer will be coming after her next?

The problem I had was with the characters. First off there was Bobbi, the case worker mentioned above and one of the POV we see in this story. I would have thought that if she seriously thought that the killer was after her or that her ex Jamie had somehow found her, then why the hell didn’t she take more precautions or be wary? Then we’ve got Mike (who was the second POV) and Lena who are the two main detectives in this case and I really felt like I was missing something here. They had a relationship that seemed to develop out of no-where and he developed feelings but there was no proper backstory for this romance. I’m fine with having a secondary plot but it needs to be developed and not have things just happen out of no-where.

This took me ages to get into and I really struggled and didn’t find that it picked up until around 60%. The story just didn’t seem to flow properly when it first started. The woman that was killed was called Harriet but apparently her nickname was Rita and they started calling her this without much explanation to begin with and I was so confused. There were a lot of characters who were introduced and it difficult to keep track of who was who and who the suspects were and where the investigation was going.

I can’t speak to the series but perhaps I didn’t enjoy this as much as I had hoped. After reading quite a few crime thriller book, I just felt this one was very below par. I’ve not read the other books in this series so can only comment on this book!

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