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Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Review: Raven Lane by Amber Cowie #bravethebacklist

Raven Lane 
by Amber Cowie

Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Publish Date: November 12, 2019
Kindle Edition
288 Pages
Genres: Domestic Drama, Suspense

The truth can bring out the worst in the best of friends.
Esme and Benedict Werner have an idyllic life in a tight-knit community until an accident in their cul-de-sac ends in the tragic sudden death of one of their dearest neighbors. After vindicating eyewitness accounts morph into contradictory memories, suspicion, and unaccountable accusations, Benedict is arrested. Esme’s life, too, is changed forever.

As the neighborhood largely turns against her and her family, Esme has time to think about her past and what to do next. Then her fellow residents start looking deeper, questioning one another, and themselves, about hidden lies and betrayals.

Esme has more than her share of secrets. And the consequences of what happened on that fateful late-summer evening on Raven Lane are far from over. When the mask of civility slips, can friends and neighbors recover from seeing the monstrous truths beneath?

My Review:

Domestic draaaaaaaaaaama!  This close cul-de-sac of Raven Lane has quite the characters.  When one of them, Torn, dies in an accident, Benedict is now on trial for hitting him with his car.  Once it's realized he wasn't entirely sober, this accident becomes a torrid insight to the lives of everyone on Raven Lane.

This starts off strong and then towards the middle, I began to lost a little bit of interest.  Nothing too exciting was happening.  The book within a book (which sometimes works for me and sometimes doesn't) wasn't doing anything for me... until towards the end.  And now I kinda want to read that book!  The last few chapters starts to get more exciting and boy oh boy... these people need some HELP!  But I love to hate characters and some of these were FUN to hate on.  I'm not *quite* sure what I even think about that ending though. HUH?  I'm not particularly confused as I just didn't think it made a whole lot of sense.  And what happened about *this* and *that*?  I don't mind being left wanting a bit but certain things I feel needed to be addressed and they never were. 

As domestic dramas go, this was a fun one to be a part of.  While some things might not have worked completely for me, I was eagerly awaiting for more secrets to come to light.  And remember y'all - we all have monsters inside of us - one way or the other.  *wink*

Side note: I couldn't read Torn's name without having Natalie Imbruglia's song ping off in my head. So now that's my sound track for the day. 


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