Monday, November 22, 2021

No One Will Miss Her - Kat Rosenfield

Summary: A smart, witty, crackling novel of psychological suspense in which a girl from a hardscrabble small town meets a gorgeous Instagram influencer from the big city, with a murderous twist that will shock even the most savvy reader.
On a beautiful October morning in rural Maine, a homicide investigator from the state police pulls into the hard-luck town of Copper Falls. The local junkyard is burning, and the town pariah Lizzie Oullette is dead—with her husband, Dwayne, nowhere to be found. As scandal ripples through the community, Detective Ian Bird’s inquiries unexpectedly lead him away from small-town Maine to a swank city townhouse several hours south. Adrienne Richards, blonde and fabulous social media influencer and wife of a disgraced billionaire, had been renting Lizzie’s tiny lake house as a country getaway…even though Copper Falls is anything but a resort town.

As Adrienne’s connection to the case becomes clear, so too does her connection to Lizzie, who narrates their story from beyond the grave. Each woman is desperately lonely in her own way, and they navigate a relationship that cuts across class boundaries: transactional, complicated, and, finally, deadly. A Gone Girl for the gig economy, this is a story of privilege, identity, and cunning, as two devious women from opposite worlds discover the dangers of coveting someone else’s life. (Summary and pic from goodreads.com)

My Review: It’s been a while since I’ve read a fast-paced pot boiler. I try to consume those books at a reasonable pace and not read only those—not because I don’t love them (who doesn’t love exciting, page-turning, surprising crime mysteries?!) but because I feel like I need to be more responsible in my reading. I can’t eat only candy and sweets, can I (can I?...asking for a friend…) so I must also space out my reading with others things that I enjoy as well.

So as you might have guessed, this is a fast-paced, twisty-turny murder mystery that will you keep you guessing and page turning. I read this in a short amount of time, and if I hadn’t had all my other Adult Duties to deal with, I would have just knocked it out in one sitting. I love those books that prompt that kind of reading, don’t you?

This book is told in alternating narration and third person, which I really enjoy. I’ve decided that alternating narration, even if it’s told in some third person and some first person, is my jam, especially if the author does a good job delineating between voices and I know what’s going on. It’s no good if the voices all blend together, but Rosenfield was able to make sure that we knew who was telling the story, and that made for a personal look at the story as well as a bird’s eye view of the story. It was effective and the reading was very accessible and made for quick reading.

This is a mystery story that takes you many places you might not expect, some of it more plausible-seeming than others, but still a lot of fun and a good, fast-paced read. If you’re looking for something that you can just sit down and enjoy, or maybe something that doesn’t take a lot of brain power but still gives you the thrill of reading and some twists and turns, this book is for you. I think it would be perfect for a waiting room, a plane, or even just an afternoon where you’re done with reading something heavy-duty and just want some candy.

My Rating: 3 Stars

For the sensitive reader: There is some language, violence, and sex. I would say for a crime genre it was on the lighter side but remember that the competition includes the Scandinavian crime authors who spare no feelings. However, I would say if you read crime genre, this is a tame one comparatively.

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