Author – Dana Killion
Genre – Mystery, Suspense, Thriller, Woman Sleuth
77,100 Word Count
Rating 3 stars out of 5 Posted 7/18/2018
No. 29 - 2018
My Impressions: cozy mystery, romance story, overly emotional, minimal action poorly staged, wimpy main character. Definitely not a thriller.
Andrea Kellner – Digital Media Co. owner, attorney, reporter.
Olivia – works at VTF in production.
Det. Michael Hewitt – Andrea's lover.
Seth Bowman –CEO VTF Ind. herbal energy drink
Erik – Andrea's dead husband
Candiss Nadell – Head of Drea, an organization to help young women.
Aaron Nadell – Principal at Nadell Capital.
The Last Lie begins with Seth Bowman being shot by a disgruntled ex-employee who feels Seth's energy drink product caused his daughter's death.
Andrea Kellner is a friend of Seth's and saw him being shot. The violence brought back memories of her husband's murder a year earlier. Erik was a cheater and a scumbag businessman. I saw her character as weak, self-centered and hanging onto personal demons. She occasionally jumped to unwarranted conclusions instead of confronting issues. She was so emotionally overwritten that I had no connection to the character.
Andrea's current boyfriend is Det. Michael Hewitt. She can't commit to him because she's a weak, emotional mess still questioning her relationship with a lousy husband. She keeps rejecting Michael's advances and I couldn't figure out why he continued to chase her.
Lane is Andrea's wild, irresponsible sister who Andrea takes responsibility for and continues to bail her out of trouble. She's hooked on the VTF energy drink, becomes sick and almost dies.
Twenty-two-year-old Olivia is the illegitimate child of Aaron Nadell. Candiss Nadell knew about Aaron's indiscretion for ten years but did nothing to help the young woman or her mother whom Aaron abandoned. Olivia's mother died in poverty from overwork several years earlier and Olivia hates her absent father and wants revenge. Reading between the lines, Olivia and Candiss conspired to ruin Aaron Nadell. Olivia had proof that Aaron put a powerful drug, belladonna in a young girl's drink in order to have sex with her when she passed out. She died two days later. Seth Bowman also knew about the doping but remained silent. Aaron also substituted belladonna for an original ingredient in VTF's energy drink because it was cheaper. Olivia held the information while more people became sick or died. The role of Candiss in this wasn't made clear but she certainly didn't live up to her image as a roll model for young women. This was all presented vaguely and passed over in the story.
The overall lack of editing is atrocious. There are far, far too many extra, missing, misspelled and wrong words. Many sentences are poorly structured and incomprehensible. Comma splices of independent clauses, and frequent sentence fragments are also issues.
The plot is weak and the writing style is extremely repetitious and wordy.
The story contains some cursing but no sexual scenes.
I rate the story between a 2.5 and a 3.0, so it gets moved up to a 3.0. I do not recommend it.
This review was provided in exchange for a free book.
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