Tuesday, October 30, 2012

If I Should Die by Sally Franklin Christie: Review : Full Moon Bites


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Title: If I Should Die
Author: Sally Franklin Christie
Genre: Suspense, Thriller
Publisher: Eternal Press
Pages: 137
Peyton Farley has settled into a new life in southwest Montana.  Research and fact checking for a local newspaper is a perfectly safe job, or is it?  One morning, Peyton awakens and finds a strange man in lace up work boots who is bleeding out on her kitchen floor.  As Peyton calls 911 from her bedroom, someone is stealing the body.
Who is the dead man?  Why is he bleeding to death in Peyton’s apartment?  Can one research assignment evolve into murder, embezzlement, betrayal and silence?

My Review
4 Stars
A very enjoyable read, this book easily held my attention and kept me guessing throughout.  Peyton finds herself living a nightmare when she tries unsuccessfully to help a mortally injured man who stumbles into her kitchen.
Peyton, however, is not your usual protagonist.  A young widow, she just moved into town six months earlier.  She is a quiet homebody whose best friend seems to be Emma, the cat she inherited when she leased her apartment. 
I loved the overall tone and voice of this story; though I felt the author’s practice of mostly referring to the various characters by their first and last names odd.  Still, this story moves along at a good pace, and there is enough character development to make each player stand out.  Peyton is plucky and determined; self-reliant and very creative.  I admired her courage even though I never really warmed up to her very much.  This is an engaging story that falls a bit outside the mold, and, for me, that makes it all the more pleasurable.
This book was provided to me free of charge by the author and Full Moon Bites Tours in exchange for my honest review.
Reviewed by Laurie-J

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Sally Christie said...

Thank you so much for the very kind review.

You are right about the use of full names. I have learned from this to edit more closely.

This originated as a NaNoWriMo project and I put in full names to fill out my word count.

I am going to keep your comments in mind and use them constructively in future novels.


Laurie said...

That's so neat that this originated as NaNoWriMo. There were places in the story that seriously creeped me out. No way I'd ever have the patience to write a book - besides I can't even tell a joke without messsing up the punch line! Lol