Tuesday, September 22, 2015

ALL THE BEAUTIFUL BRIDES (Graveyard Falls, #1) by Rita Herron

Publisher: Montlake Romance
Pub. Date: September 15, 2015
Genre: Mystery Thriller
Source: Print ARC
Rating: 2.5-3 Stars

A young woman lies dead at the bottom of a waterfall, dressed in a wedding gown with a rose stem jammed down her throat. And in the small town of Graveyard Falls, the horrifying vision stirs a long-ago nightmare back to life…

FBI Special Agent Cal Coulter gets called in to investigate the murder, which bears a terrifying resemblance to a series of killings committed thirty years ago: three teenage girls were found dead at the waterfall’s base, all bearing rose stems in their throats. But the high school football star was convicted and imprisoned for those murders, leading Cal to suspect that the killer is still out there.

Now, the body count is rising again. The monster’s sights are set on counselor Mona Monroe, Cal’s best friend’s widow…and the woman he’s always loved. Can Cal stop the killer before Mona becomes the next victim?

On one hand I liked All the Beautiful Brides but on the other hand, I realized that it was just okay. Okay as in, it didn't wow me or bring anything new and special to the plate. The book centers around a murder that happened thirty years prior - three beautiful girls were pushed off of a cliff and fell to their death. The murderer? The town golden boy, Johnny Pike. But he swears he was set up and didn't do it. Now, thirty years later, a copycat murderer is killing young girls and leaving them in wedding dresses with a rose stuck down their throats. Is someone trying to keep Johnny from getting parole? Or does someone truly envy him and want to make a name for themselves as a killer? We don't know, but Agent Cal Caulter will do everything in his power to bring justice.

What I found annoying, was the fact that I couldn't empathize or connect with any of the characters but one. I found them dull and deceiving. There was so many lies and secrets going on, like what the hell, no one knows how to tell the truth anymore? That ending also was disappointing. I'm all for everything turning out happy but when things turn out to be too perfect...I get bored. And suspicious. Everything in the book worked out in a HEA. I love happily ever after, but this one was flawless and it made me gag. One part of the book really had me fuming. Things would happen...such as a huge secret that Cal keeps from Mona, and he says sorry. Then everything is okay in the end. Like everything involving that scene and everyone involved in that seen, were at peace.

What. The. Hell?

Then another scene happens where a character should be pissed but ends up forgiving and everything is alright in the end. Seriously, what the hell? At least show us some emotion. Not everything needs to be all hell breaks loose, but it beats it becoming too perfect. In the end, I was left with a feeling of eh. I like the writing style, which consisted of third person pov with several characters from the book. I would have enjoyed one or two. There were some twists that got me but for the most part, I was able to figure things out. Readers, if you're looking for a quick read, I suggest reading this one. It's easy and entertaining; otherwise I wouldn't have finished it!

*Thank you to the publisher for providing a copy for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

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About the Author:
USA Today Bestselling and award-winning author Rita Herron fell in love with books at the ripe age of eight when she read her first Trixie Belden mystery. Although she wanted to be a writer then and actually scrawled her first novel at age twelve, she didn’t think real people grew up to be writers, so she became a kindergarten teacher instead. Ten years ago, she traded her classroom storytelling and puppets for a computer and now writes so she doesn’t have to get a real job.
Having sold over fifty books to date, she enjoys spinning spine-tingling romantic suspense tales filled with murder, mayhem, and spicy romance as well as sexy romantic comedies. Rita Herron currently writes romantic suspense for Harlequin Intrigue and she’s writing dark, gritty romantic suspense thrillers for Amazon Montlake.

If you want to know more about Rita or have a question for her about her books, or writing in general, email Rita and she’ll be happy to answer

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