Title: Dying to Help
Author: Penny Kline
Part of a series? Yes, book one of the Anna McColl mystery series.
Published: September 14th, 2016
Thank you to Netgalley and Endeavor Press for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for a review.
Psychiatrist Anna McColl is having relationship issues. She knows he’s bad for her- they don’t make each other happy, and she can’t trust him to stay away from his ex. Add to that she is having trouble connecting to her friends and has a couple troubling new clients. Dianne is convinced her brother died in jail for a murder he didn’t commit- and she wants Anna to help prove it. Then there’s Jenny, a troubled young woman that she can’t seem to get through to. While all this is whirling around, she is getting disturbing postcards and her home has been broken into- but nothing is ever actually taken. Plants get watered, things get moved… just enough to make their presence known. Lastly, she keeps seeing one of her old patients around. As she moves through life, trying to help everyone and keep herself above water, it is clear that not everything is as it seems.
I must admit, I didn’t care for this book. There were so many side things going on, and while some tied together well in the end it wasn’t enough to save the book for me. I couldn’t connect with Anna, or really any of the characters, which always makes it difficult for me to become engrossed in a book. I will say that I loved the premise, and that the writing style had a steadiness. The book, while juggling many things, never seemed choppy. It just wasn’t my cup of tea.
On the adult content scale, there is language, violence and drinking. None were over the top… I give it a four.
The book is out now, if the premise intrigues you give it a whirl. I would love to hear your thoughts.
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