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ARC Review: Twenty Years Later

Book Details:

  • Published Date: December 28, 2021 (Originally released in Australia August 3, 2021)
  • Author: Charlie Donlea
  • Genre: Thriller, Mystery, Fiction, Adult
  • Format: Audio/NetGalley
  • Length: 11hrs 45mins
Avery Mason, host of American Events, knows the subjects that grab a TV audience’s attention. Her latest story—a murder mystery laced with kinky sex, tragedy, and betrayal—is guaranteed to be ratings gold. New DNA technology has allowed the New York medical examiner’s office to make its first successful identification of a 9/11 victim in years. The twist: the victim, Victoria Ford, had been accused of the gruesome murder of her married lover. In a chilling last phone call to her sister, Victoria begged her to prove her innocence.
Emma Kind has waited twenty years to put her sister to rest, but closure won’t be complete until she can clear Victoria’s name. Alone she’s had no luck, but she’s convinced that Avery’s connections and fame will help. Avery, hoping to negotiate a more lucrative network contract, goes into investigative overdrive. Victoria had been having an affair with a successful novelist, found hanging from the balcony of his Catskills mansion. The rope, the bedroom, and the entire crime scene was covered in Victoria’s DNA.
But the twisted puzzle of Victoria’s private life is just the beginning. And what Avery doesn’t realize is that there are other players in the game who are interested in Avery’s own secret past—one she has kept hidden from both the network executives and her television audience. A secret she thought was dead and buried . . . 

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When I read the synopsis of this book, I had really high hopes. Unfortunately, this book just didn’t hit the mark for me. I really wanted to like this book. This book was about 9/11, but twenty years later. I really think this book could have been a lot more than what it turned out to be, for me anyway.

The first half of the book was really boring and drawn out to the point that when it finally did pick up, I wasn’t really invested enough in the story to care.

The writing wasn’t necessarily bad, the story just wasn’t that great. The twists at the end weren’t bad, but it wasn’t enough to change my thoughts about the book.

*Thank you to NetGalley and RB Media for the ARC!

My Rating:

Have you read this book or any other books by Charlie Donlea? Let me know in the comments!


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