Book Review

REVIEW: What She Never Said

October 1, 2019
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What She Never Said Santa Barbara Suspense #1 Adult Mystery Thriller Thomas & Mercer Paperback 362

People are dying at a luxury retirement community . . . and not from natural causes.

Ruth Mosby is the VP of operations at Serenity Acres, where the privileged elite go to die. For a hefty fee, wealthy retirees can live the good life in this posh Santa Barbara community—even after they outlive their money. Ruth thinks this is a fine arrangement, but the savvy new boss has a new rule: if you can’t pay, you can’t stay.

Ruth is deeply disturbed when destitute residents start dying at an alarming rate, as if on cue. Even more troubling, a macabre note accompanies each departed guest. Surviving guests whisper about an “Angel” who assists with suicides. Ruth has another word for it: murder.

Ruth enlists her neighbor, an ex-detective named Zach, to discover the Angel’s secret identity. However, the two have a painful history, and Ruth has dark secrets all her own. To solve the mystery, Ruth must descend from her golden tower—but can she bear the consequences of revealing her own sinister truths?

My Thoughts:

First off I want to say that while this is a second in a series it reads as a stand-alone because the setting is the reoccurring character here.

Never have I read a book so much where I spent the first third of the book wishing the murderer would kill the main character. Ruth is the single most unlikeable rule stickler annoying bitchy tattle tale I have ever read. Within the first chapter, she has called the council about someone’s fence being too tall by 3 inches, a dog being off the lead, and gotten a security guard fired because his tattoo pokes out briefly.

I get that part of this all is the trauma of her past making her a bit OCD about the rules but between her seemingly utter disregard for anyone else who isn’t her and her constant rants about Millenials made me want to throw the book in the fire multiple times.

The mystery and thriller part of this was pretty okay, especially the idea of a “serial killer” with buy-in from their victims. I found overall the plot of this aspect a bit see-through and obvious. Overall though the thriller plot seems wedged in between Ruth’s constant whining and complaining about how the world wasn’t fitting her perfect ideals anymore.

What was obvious though was the utter distaste of Millenials and under-researched ideals of how they act and what they are like. This felt like a book for boomers who love to hear that they are right in their belief that the world is going to shit thanks to Millenials.

I give What She Never Said 2 out of 4 stars

What She Never Said by Catharine Riggs was published 10 September 2019 by Thomas & Mercer. You can purchase your own copy at Mighty Ape, Whitcoulls, Booktopia, or wherever you like to purchase books.

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