This book was sent to Traveling With T for review consideration.
Want You Dead
Red decided to try online dating after a break-up and string of bad blind dates. She composed a teasing message- fun, maybe a bit cheesy- and hoped for something better than the blind dates she had been going on.
Oh, she got something. Was it better? Or was it the first step into a hellish life?
When Red meets Bryce- she feels an instant connection. He’s got many of the qualities that she’s looking for- and their chemistry is incredible. Until the day it all spoils.
WANT YOU DEAD begins after the break-up, after Red has begun the process of moving on. She’s met a nice man. She’s in the process of getting a new apartment. Red is feeling that life is good- and looking forward to seeing where things go with her new lover. But no one leaves Bryce- something that Red is about to learn.
With Roy Grace days away from a wedding/honeymoon- the last thing he wants is to be in the middle of a murder investigation. With a body found burned to death and a suicide note- it looks like a suicide- but to Roy, it doesn’t smell right. Could the burned body be a link to Red? Or was it a suicide?
Red cannot accept that it was suicide- and yet, can’t see any reason why someone would hurt her boyfriend. She hasn’t seen/heard from Bryce for months. So it couldn’t be him, could it?
By the time Red begins to figure out what is happening- she’s already lost some things. And the man behind the problems has plans for her to lose much more. Can Roy Grace help Red? Or has Red’s fate already been determined?
Traveling With T’s Thoughts:
First: This is my first Peter James book. When Liz contacted me about potentially reviewing, the summary sounded like a book I would enjoy- so even though I knew I was late to the game (with this being the 10th book in series) I still took it on.
I started reading and the first 80+ pages flew by (short chapters, ratcheting tension) and I was digging it. Even the UK setting was not bothering me as much (I’ve had some bad luck with thrillers being set in the UK). Around page 250 or so, it began to fall flat (though the ending was a good one.)
We knew who the bad guy was. Red knew who the bad guy was. We knew how obsessed Bryce was with Red (gosh we knew!!!!) It was just a lot of rinse/repeat for me.
On to Red: For awhile, you had my sympathy. I mean it’s not your fault the man got all obsessed with you. And I even understood that you wanted to stand your ground and not run away. But, after awhile- especially after one particular incident- standing your ground was the wrong thing to do.
Other things: There was some backstory to Roy Grace that I was not aware of (remember, this is my first book). While Peter James did an excellent job of filling in some blanks- there was 1 particular part that just almost seemed to be thrown in for shock value. Will that part lead to a resolution in the next book? Possibly. I don’t know what direction Peter James plans to take the next book.
Peter James also had a cast of characters- and sometimes I would find myself having to flip back and forth to make sure I knew exactly who was talking. And, while this one may just be silly, when he would refer to Roy Grace as Grace- I was always “Who is the woman?” And would have to read back over to make sure it was Roy Grace- and not a new character named Grace.
Overall thoughts: For me, this book was about 100 pages too long. A little less of Bryce’s obsession would have lead to a quicker resolution (although, the resolution was actually perfection). I didn’t hate this book, I didn’t LOVE this book. I enjoyed my time for the most part in Peter James’s world- and would consider checking out his previous/future work.
*WANT YOU DEAD was sent to Traveling With T for review consideration by Wunderkind PR. All thoughts and opinions are mine alone.
Happy Reading and Bookishly Yours,
T @ Traveling With T