So Bailey, you already posted today. Why are you posting again at 10:00pm? Uh because I read this book today in one sitting and absolutely adored it. I couldn’t wait to tell the world about it. That’s why.
Welcome to Lovely, a small town of 13,000 people with all the normalcy you might expect. That is until a young, troubled woman named Emily Teller is murdered. She’s found artistically posed with the word Addict scratched into her arm. Recently appointed Daniel Drake is assigned on the case, which unfortunately, has no leads. In the meantime, local reporter Samantha Roberts thinks this could be her big break. Stakes are raised as the case goes unsolved, Samantha and Daniel deal with their own romantic tensions, and yet again, another girl is murdered.
Welcome to Lovely is a gripping debut novel. It wasn’t terribly long and interesting enough that I read it in one sitting. The set up is perfect for a mystery with a long list of suspects. There’s Jimmy, the odd cameraman who works with Samantha. Davis, Samantha’s boss, who married a beautiful young lady half his age. Tom, the old time journalist with the fancy camera, who seems to know everything about everyone. Christopher, the womanizing district attorney. And even Daniel Drake himself, who is controlling and creepy enough to be a murderer.
Clark gives us red herrings right and left. I honestly wasn’t sure who it was going to be till I got near the end. I just had to know who done it!
I only have a couple issues with the book. I hate it when authors give characters’ names much alike. This book had a Brady, a Brandy, a Daniel, a Dave, and a Davis. Drove me nuts, and at times, it made me super confused; I wasn’t sure who was talking to who.
Second of all, while the romance aspect of the book itself didn’t bother me, Daniel’s controlling of Samantha certainly did. I hate it when a domineering, verging on abusive relationship is portrayed as sexy or desirable. It makes me mad.
All in all though, I enjoyed the book, and I look forward to seeing more of Clark’s work.
Content advisory: language, and sexual content but nothing explicit.
Disclaimer: I was given this book for free in exchange for an honest review