Did Andi Adams murder her husband?
Andi is married to a handsome, charismatic man. He’s a successful pillar of their cozy island community. She's a beautiful young wife devoted to him. From the outside, their life appears perfect.
But on the inside, she is constantly on edge, trying to keep him happy so she won’t suffer scathing words that hurt just as much as the occasional sharp blow from him.
Then she snaps. His abuse pushes her too far. In the blink of an eye, she becomes a widow and finds herself inextricably entwined in the web of lies he wove in the months before his death. Her small town neighbors whisper behind her back, as if the sensational death of her husband is the subject of a pulp novel. When a blackmailer threatens to expose her as a murderer, she must piece together her husband’s life to find the key to her own freedom.
Fatal Impulse is the first in an intriguing new mystery series, where each widow faces challenges that threaten to destroy her just as she begins to find her strength.
This story poses the question of “What would you do if you were in an abusive relationship?” Abuse comes in all forms, physically and mentally, and the main character suffers from both kinds. Andi comes off as a meek person and is under the shadow of her husband. It takes a rainy day and a flat tire to change her life. But somehow it is not for the better. She steps out of the shadow of her husband only to watch her own shadow in return. The constant feel of mystery is always there. The threat of something evil in the background.
The story had elements of suspense and it kept me guessing throughout the story. Although half way through the book I did figure out the identity of the antagonist. I was rooting for Andi and hoping for a good outcome. She was naïve and even at the end, it still felt like she didn’t grow as a person. If it weren’t for her friend Dana, I don’t think it would have ended well for Andi. I liked the fact that this story held some Albert Hitchcock type themes. I could almost hear the constant suspenseful music in the background and I pictured it in black in white. That was the magic that this story held for me. I wouldn’t say it was an HEA kind of story, even though it didn’t end too bad and Andi solved her own mystery. She didn’t need a man to help her. Which in a way I kind of missed. All in all, Andi pulled through and it was an interesting journey to read about.
The author’s way of writing is well done and flowed easily. The character dialog was entertaining and the secondary characters were well written. I enjoyed this story and was a quick read for me.
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*
Lightning slashed the sky above them, thunder rolled and the windswept the rain in sheets across the blackness of the Atlantic that stretched away to the East. Andi hugged herself to calm the shivers. The wipers slapped at the rain while Chad berated her for the way she acted that evening. She stared out into the inky darkness . . .
A sharp bang interrupted his tirade.
The SUV swerved on the wet pavement, throwing her sideways into the door. The seatbelt grabbed and held her in place, and she braced herself against the dash with her hands. Her head jerked from side to side as the vehicle fishtailed back and forth until Chad slowed the Grand Cherokee. He held the steering wheel with an iron grip and guided the vehicle to the side of the road, the blown tire thumping. He set the emergency brake with a sharp yank, then turned to look at her, his dark eyes narrowed. He looked evil in the amber glow of the instrument panel.
The interior light blinked on when he opened his door, bathing the inside of the vehicle with harsh light. He started to get out, then paused, one foot in, one foot out, and turned to stare at her.
“I had control. There is no need to grab the dash like that. As you may recall, this vehicle is equipped with airbags. Had they deployed, your arms would have been broken.” That low, smooth voice that had once impressed her now gave her chills. “Snap.”
Lori lives in rural central Missouri with her husband and daughter. One very spoiled Miniature Schnauzer and Miniature Beagle allow Lori and her husband to live in their house, and the outside is patrolled by BK (short for Barn Kitty) and Patches (a sweet tom cat stray that missed his calling as a lap cat). She can often be found bouncing through rough gravel roads in her lifted yellow Jeep named Daisy.
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