Killer Revenge by Rosemary Willhide

Published: November 17, 2022

Small Town Mysteries

Pages: 286

Genre: Thriller

KKECReads Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I received a copy of this book for free, and I leave my review voluntarily.

Rosemary Willhide is an actress turned fitness instructor and turned author of romantic suspense. She’s told stories and entertained people her entire life. Writing is her favorite because she doesn’t have to leave the house or put on pants! Plus, the voices in her head do what she says, for the most part! She lives in Las Vegas with her husband, Bill, and their adopted senior pooch, Brownie. She still teaches cycling classes. She claims they keep her sane-ish!

When New Yorker, Abby Bradshaw, visits her sister, Amy, for the summer in Hope Ridge, she’s looking forward to a break, a chance to heal, and some peace. Abby has been through the emotional ringer and needs a breather, an opportunity to push the reset button.
What she gets instead is a constant barrage of unexpected turmoil. From the police showing up on her sister’s porch the second she arrives in Hope Ridge, to disturbing encounters with the neighbors, this definitely isn’t the small, friendly town Abby envisioned.
However, nothing prepares her for being a person of interest in a double homicide. The lead detective believes Abby is hiding something and refuses to allow her to return to New York.
Despite her new friends, Caroline and Vanessa rallying around her, and a sweet foster dog at her side, Abby faces an uphill battle at every turn. Even the handsome veterinarian, who has piqued her interest, gives her pause. She’s not sure who she can trust, including herself.
Is Abby guilty or is she an unwilling pawn in a plot of revenge?

“My burrowing days were over.”

Abby is in Hope Ridge to house-sit for her sister and brother-in-law. What no one knows is this trip is more than a favor. It’s an escape and hopefully a regrouping. Abby has a secret, and she isn’t sure what to do. When her sister’s latest foster dog steals Abby’s heart, the last thing Abby expected was to become a suspect in a double homicide.

THE ENDING. If there isn’t another book with the rest of this story, I will explode. Holy buckets.

The first half of this was a slow burn. We spent a lot of time getting to know Abby, Brownie, and other characters around Hope Ridge.

But when things shift, they shift massively. This ride very quickly goes off the rails and will leave you clinging to anything you can reach for dear life.

I loved Abby. She is tough, intelligent, loyal, and kind. She was a fantastic leading lady. Brownie was another unique character inspired by the real-life dog, Brownie. I loved the connection.

The twists and turns in this book were bananas. I spent so much time suspecting all the wrong people. When the big reveal happened, my jaw hit the ground.

The biggest twist is the final chapter, though. Holy buckets. I could scream- it was so scary and so unexpected. I hope there is more to this story because I would love to know what happens next!

Just when we think everything is sunshine and rainbows, happiness and love in Hope Ridge.

When I was looking for a dog, I looked on the Grand Forks Circle of Friends website and saw a cute terrier mix (Ellingsworth) and a min pin (Missy), and I made an appointment to meet them. When I arrived, a volunteer took me back to the small dog kennel, where 10 or 15 little doggos were barking their faces off. The only dog not barking was the little terrier I was there to see. The volunteer went into the room to leash him, and as soon as she set him on the cement floor, he went ridged. She basically dragged him to the hallway, where I bent down and greeted him. His little tail started wagging so fast, and he peed. The volunteer looked mortified and said she would clean it up, but I was in love. He came home with me that afternoon. I didn’t even meet the other dog. Ellingsworth did not fit this dog at all, so I changed his name to Bentley Monroe (thanks for the help, mom), and we’ve been together since. He’s traveled by plane, train, boat, and car with me. He’s been to more states than most people, and he is so very loved. It Rescuing animals is such an incredible experience.

I currently have five rescue dogs, four cats, and a blue and gold macaw. I am 100% a foster failure and wouldn’t change a thing. Cold noses and warm hearts, mixed with so much fur, make me happy.

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