A shocking murder. A web of deceit. A twist even Hitchcock wouldn't see coming.
It starts with a phone call - Sondra Ellis' beautiful baby sister, Tracy, has disappeared during a jog along Chicago's snowy lakefront.She's even more devastated when Tracy's mangled body is found days later, the victim of a mugging gone wrong.
A year later, Sondra continues to struggle with Tracy's death. Her trauma deepens when she discovers series of odd and unsettling cracks in her sister's seemingly perfect life: puzzling messages, inexplicable meetings, and secrets and lies at every turn.
As Sondra continues to dig into the mystery of what happened to her sister, she has no idea she's on her own collision course with life and death.
For fans of Patricia Highsmith, Mary Higgins Clark, and Alfred Hitchcock, Killing Me Softly is a page-turning psychological thriller that will keep you up long past your bedtime.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I read a lot, but don't write many reviews. Had to on this book. We were told the main characters were black and the writer did not have to mention it again and again and again in each chapter. I felt the writer was trying to make it longer with all her detailed descriptions. It needed more details on the storyline and developing the characters instead of ad nauseum descriptions on weather, clothing, scenery, etc. Story had potential, BUT (and this is a BIG BUT) we did not need to know every petal on every flower, every leaf on every tree, every size 2 waist on the characters -- you get my drift. Found myself skimming and skimming and skimming, just to get to the end.
This has to be the best debut novel ever. I was hooked. It's been so long since a book has had me that enthralled. I burned my fish reading this book. When I had to use the restroom, I ran there and ran back as if I would miss something. This book had my head gone. If anyone likes a good mystery/thriller/suspense, then this is the book for you. I love that you learn relatively early on who the "murderer" is, but the plot continuously unfolds until the very last page. You can hardly trust any characer in the story. I loved it! Excellent. 5 stars!
A five star story, made less by focussing on a particular race. This is a story for women of all ages, races and income brackets; however, it almost discounted many women by the discriminatory remarks. This was a story for all women, not just "black". I've been there myself and my skin is the "wrong color. Inequality is a social issue. I believe the author was trying to bring the political issues to light. She might be better off writing to a larger population than excluding or alienating so many others who would otherwise have identified with the story. Being color blind, I found the constant references to " blacks", distracting. The references took my focus away from what I consider a thrilling story. Was I not supposed to read this? I enjoyed the story itself, but again felt like I was supposed to feel guilt and it felt wrong to identify with the characters . I would not read more from this author but it was a good story.
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