How to Murder a Marriage

Author: Gabrielle St. George

Series: The Ex-Whisperer Files #1

Publisher: Level Best Books

Release Date: November 9, 2021

Rating: 3 out of 5.

A clever plot with fun characters and great dynamics between all that came on the page.

Gina Malone writes books and a blog giving relationship advice to others even as her own marriage is imploding. After she gives advice to one writer telling her to leave her abusive husband, the husband starts attacking Gina online. Her kids have left home and now that she and her husband have split, she dyes her hair, gets a nose ring and moves back to her hometown on the shores of Lake Huron. It isn’t long after she arrives that she feels she is being watched and strange things start occurring. Gina has a stalker, but is it her ex-husband holding a grudge, the husband of the woman who wrote to her or someone else entirely?

This book had great potential to be a clever and funny read all while being suspenseful at the same time. Unfortunately for me, it fell flat in a lot of places. It really wasn’t that funny; the suspense had its moments, but I also found myself just ready to finish the story. The blog exerts were interesting and could have used a few more to keep the story moving at a better pace. The relationship between Gina and Hugh was the best, I enjoyed their flirting and dynamic. Gina has a few scenes with her children at the beginning but nothing more making me think that could have been omitted and not hurt the story. This is the start of a series as the ending is left wide open for the next. I’m not sure that I will be diving into the next as this one was only mediocre. While this wasn’t the book for me, I do think readers that enjoy crime writing with a little edge to it will enjoy this one.

I received a complimentary copy of this title from the publisher.  The views and opinions expressed within are my own.

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