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Book Review: All the Pretty Faces (Graveyard Falls #2) by Rita Herron

Montlake Romance To Be Published March 29, 2016 353 Pages
Montlake Romance
To Be Published March 29, 2016
353 Pages

After narrowing escaping the Bride Killer, Josie DuKane is back at Graveyard Falls to speak about a movie being made from her tell all memoir. But shortly after she arrives, she receives photographs from a killer depicting their victims to make Josie believe she may be next. 

Dealing with the guilt and death of his sister, Special Agent Dane Hamrick, will do anything to find his sister’s murderer but his growing attraction to Josie is distracting him. 

The two must put their feelings aside and find the killer among the growing number of bodies before Josie is among the dead.

Diving right in; The first book was a really good read (Click here for the review). I was sucked into it immediately and although it lost steam, I was able to hold on an enjoy myself.

However, book two is part of the shrug pile. I couldn’t get into it. From beginning to end, the book seemed like an entire stretch. Josie knows pretty well that town hates her for writing that book and bringing those memories back. She was once part of that. So her trying to convince a town and herself that she didn’t write the book or agree to a movie for profit is crap. Josie was an unconvincing character.  But she wasn’t the only one; so was Dane. They both needed some work and care.

Although this is a Graveyard Falls series, I couldn’t get over the fact that another killer was in this town. This is where it becomes unrealistic in the sense that this killer picked Graveyard Falls; granted the book explains this and among other things but I couldn’t stop myself from scratching my head thinking why.

The book was slow; even when things picked up there was still a underlining slow motion to everything that was going on. It was very frustrating to read. Compared to the first book, All The Pretty Faces seemed mediocre.

 

1 Pickle

 

Book Review: All the Beautiful Brides (Graveyard Falls #1) by Rita Herron

Montlake Romance Published Sept. 15, 2015 341 Pages
Montlake Romance
Published Sept. 15, 2015
341 Pages

FBI Special Agent Cal Coulter has been sent to Graveyard Falls after a woman is found with a rose stuffed down her throat in a wedding dress at the bottom of a waterfall. This murder resembles the series of murders 30 years ago but a high school jock was convicted and sent to jail. 

Did they get the wrong guy? Or is there a copycat? When the killer sets his eyes on Mona Monroe, the love of Cal’s life and his best friend’s wife, Cal will have to act fast before its too late.

I really enjoyed this book but the author was doing too much.

From the moment I started the book I was sucked in. The details, the suspension was perfect until a little half way through the book.

I liked Cal. I felt that he did his job for the immediate issue. But he lacked in depth. I wanted to know more about his past and not just why he didn’t make a move on Mona. Although I liked him as a FBI agent I cannot say I liked him as a person because there was really nothing there that really highlighted his personality or who he really was beyond the case. Yes, you saw pieces of his past but they weren’t his own and they were PIECES!

I didn’t like Mona. She was very one dimensional, she had no personality and she was boring. *Kayne Shrug*

Herron took more care in developing the killer than her other characters. It was exactly what I wanted but I wish it done for all characters and not just one.

My biggest issue with this book started halfway through. Herron was doing too much by making sure everyone was connected to this one person. I understand small towns and how they work, especially within a novel, however it was too much. Way too much. It made the book less authentic.

But none the less I enjoyed this book and I am looking forward to book two.

3 Pickles

 

Impatiently Waiting For: All the Beautiful Brides (Graveyard Falls #1) by Rita Herron

Montlake Romance To Be Published Sept. 15, 2015 341 Pages
         Montlake Romance
To Be Published Sept. 15, 2015
                341 Pages

A young woman lies dead at the bottom of a waterfall, dressed in a wedding gown with a rose stem jammed down her throat. And in the small town of Graveyard Falls, the horrifying vision stirs a long-ago nightmare back to life…

FBI Special Agent Cal Coulter gets called in to investigate the murder, which bears a terrifying resemblance to a series of killings committed thirty years ago: three teenage girls were found dead at the waterfall’s base, all bearing rose stems in their throats. But the high school football star was convicted and imprisoned for those murders, leading Cal to suspect that the killer is still out there.

Now, the body count is rising again. The monster’s sights are set on   counselor Mona Monroe, Cal’s best friend’s widow…and the woman he’s always loved. Can Cal stop the killer before Mona becomes the next victim?- Goodreads