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Friday, March 2, 2018

REVIEW: The Garden of Dead Thoughts by Natasha A. Salnikova

The Garden of Dead Thoughts
by Natasha A. Salnikova

A special thanks to the author for this copy in return for my honest review!
A psychological thriller with an ending I actually did NOT see coming... 😲

Publisher:  NAS
Published:  November 7, 2017
Kindle Edition
Genre:  Psychological Thriller

Goodreads Synopsis:

Margo needs only one thing from men - money. She does anything to get what she wants: manipulates, lies, even kills. She killed her first husband and made it look like an accident to get his money. Unfortunately for her, his will left almost everything to his sons from his first marriage, leaving Margo with not even half of what she expected. Margo is frustrated, but she’s still young and beautiful and men fall at her feet. She has no doubt she will find another sucker. After all, she always has men in her pocket.

There’s only one problem. Actually two. In fact, much more than Margo ever expected.

My Review:

Margo is quite the character and men seem to come easy to her.  Being inside her head was being reminded at every turn why she's so good at what she does, how good looking she is, how crappy anyone is that can't do anything for her and she may be the only person I've ever heard of who could pull off 7" heels.  WOAH!  

The synopsis had me intrigued about this book.  There were just a few issues that I had.  The interactions felt a bit forced throughout the first half of the book.  Lots of exclamation points made it feel they were screaming at each other and everything felt very formal - very little use of any type of contractions in speaking until closer to the end of the book.  Everything came too easy to these characters and WOW - let me just say... I wish I had the confidence and self esteem that they did.

Once I just let any perception I was trying to have go and just went with the flow I found myself enjoying it more.  The flip side of the story that we see through another character seemed a bit repetitive and I felt like I was reading the same story... again.  So, I think some extra editing may have been needed to really round the edges.

Here's the thing though - I still couldn't stop reading.  While there were things that were definitely obvious, at least to me - someone who reads a ton of thrillers, I still wanted to see how it was going to play out.  I couldn't relate to the characters, yet somehow I was invested in the story. And boy am I glad that I did.  I certainly did NOT see that ending coming.  I felt like SOMETHING was up but definitely did not think it would be THAT.  You'll have to read the book to find out.  😉


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