My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
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I keep wavering between 4 and 5 stars for this book so I’m going to go ahead and give it 4.5 stars.
Had I known this was the second book in a series before I requested it from NetGalley, I probably would have read the first book, The Echo Killing, before reading this one. While you don’t have to read The Echo Killing to understand what is going on in A Beautiful Corpse, it would have been helpful to learn the characters’ back stories. There are a lot of characters and while I ended up getting them all straight, it took me a little bit longer that I imagine it would have had I read the first book.
A Beautiful Corpse is kind of your run of the mill mystery novel where an investigative journalist gets closely involved in a homicide case. Harper is constantly sticking her nose in the investigation in order to be the first to get the story, even if it means pissing off the police along the way. There are multiple suspects and Harper must use her reporting skills to crack the case before it is too late.
The concept of this book was honestly nothing special (now hear me out before you throw rotten tomatoes at me). It was your typical dead body, multiple suspects, detective novel with an investigative journalist cracking the case before the cops can figure it out. It’s nothing new in the mystery/suspense genre. However, Christi Daugherty’s writing elevated the book for me. I really connected with Harper as a main character. I felt like she was real and believable, and had a determination and toughness that I respected. There was a perfect amount of suspenseful tension that kept me reading from start to finish, waiting to find out “whodunit.”
But, the best thing about this book is that, although it could serve as a stand alone novel, the way the author ties events from the first book into the second book and leaves the it open-ended on a pretty intriguing cliffhanger is what impressed me. It actually had me pretty bummed that I hadn’t read the first book (and probably won’t go back to read it since I already know the outcome). But, I will definitely be up for reading the next in the series when it eventually comes out just to see what happens next.
Overall, this was a fantastic novel if you’re into murder mystery/detective/whodunit types of books. But, I would highly recommend reading The Echo Killing first to get the full experience.
-I was gifted this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to NetGalley, Christi Daugherty, and Minotaur Books for the opportunity to review.-