We Love to Entertain by Sarah Strohmeyer

Published: April 25, 2023

Harper Paperbacks

Genre: Psychological Thriller

Pages: 338

KKECReads Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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

Sarah Strohmeyer is the award-winning, nationally bestselling author of eighteen novels for adults and young adults. A former newspaper reporter, she is currently the elected Town Clerk of Middlesex, Vermont where she lives with her husband and cat. Two adult children occasionally drop by.

Holly and Robert Barron are attractive young real-estate investors and contestants in a competition run by To the Manor Build, the nation’s most popular home renovation app. With millions in product endorsements and online followers at stake, they’re rehabbing a Vermont home they scored at a bargain price into a chic hilltop estate ideal for entertaining.
It’s all camera-ready laughs and debates over herringbone tile until Holly and Robert go missing hours after their picture-perfect wedding—leaving behind a bloody trail.
Suspicion falls quickly on Erika Turnbull, the Barrons’ twenty-something assistant—eager, efficient, and secretly in love with Robert. Did Erika let her misguided passion turn her into a murderer? So claim the townsfolk of Snowden, Vermont, who still haven’t forgiven her for a tragic accident back in high school.
But Erika’s mother, Kim, is not about to let small-town gossip and a cop with an axe to grind destroy her daughter—again. With time running out and their own lives at risk, the mother-daughter duo set out to find what really happened to the Barrons. First, though, they’ll have to confront the vengeful former owner of Holly and Robert’s estate, ruthless reality-show producers, and a secret that might bring their own house down.

“…the truth doesn’t set you free—it makes you crazy.”

Erika is excited to be working as a personal assistant to two contestants on a popular house rehab show. She has a little crush on Robert, but no one knows. Robert and Holly are the newest reality stars, making waves with their relationship and decorating choices. But when they disappear, Erika becomes a person of interest.

This was a wild ride. I enjoyed the build-up and the alternating perspectives. I found the storytelling well done and engaging. I enjoyed the writing style.

I liked Erika; she was resilient, intelligent, and hardworking. I liked her mom, Kim, as well. She was every bit a devoted mom. The side characters were great and added depth to the plot development.

The build-up was intense, and things went crazy for a bit, but the way the story fell back together was well done. It was interesting seeing the behind-the-scenes of a reality show.

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