Author: Daryl Wood Gerber
Publisher: Chucklin, Inc.
Published: April 2016
Description: When a fairytale fantasy night becomes a nightmare, Chessa Paxton must run for her life...but will the truth set her free?
Chessa Paxton, an event planner in Lake Tahoe, celebrates a successful night at the Happily Ever After Ball, but her dream quickly becomes a nightmare when she wakes up beside the body of her dead husband. Nauseous and confused, feeling as if she's been drugged, she can't explain to the sheriff why her princess costume is bloodied. With her father already a convicted murderer, she feels invisible shackles ratcheting onto her wrists and ankles. She runs! But she can't escape vivid flashes of memory: a massacre in a meadow; men and women in fairy tale costumes; Snow White's dead body shielding her from bullets.
Though Chessa is a former costumer and a master of disguise, she quickly learns that hiding while trying to prove herself innocent is the most difficult task imaginable. Especially when the sheriff wants to throw her in jail and the real killer wants to silence her forever.
I am a fan of the cozy mystery series written by Daryl Wood Gerber so when I had a chance to read her first foray into the Suspense/Thriller side of the mystery genre, I was excited. I can report, that she did not disappointed. This author is a wonderful writer and had me engaged from the beginning and kept me turning pages until I reach the end. This is a departure from her cozy mystery writing in the best way. The characters in this story are complex with depth and layers. Chessa Paxton is a wonderful protagonist and is smart, vulnerable, strong, and determined . She finds herself in an impossible situation wondering who she can trust.
This was well plotted, compelling story that has intrigue, twists, turns, suspense, and tension. Daryl Wood Gerber takes you along on a thrill ride that just keeps getting better and better as the story progresses. The reader is kept engaged in the story as the plot races along to a great ending. While I am a fan of her cozy mystery series, I hope that this author continues to write in this genre a well. She has combined all her talents to write a top notch suspense/thriller novel that leaves readers wanting more of these types of novels from her.
I received an ARC from the publisher, through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This did not influence my opinion and the thoughts expressed are my own.