Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Still Life by Dani Pettrey Book Review

Still Life by Dani Pettrey
From back cover:
Blacklisted in the photography business over a controversial shot, Avery Tate answered an ad for a crime-scene photographer. She expected to be laughed at, but crime-scene analyst Parker Mitchell hired her outright-and changed her life. But six months ago, when feelings for Parker became too strong, she left his employ to sort out her heart.
     Now, for the first time, Avery is facing the world that rejected her to attend the gallery opening of a photography exhibit for which her friend modeled. But the only image of her friend is a chilling photo of her posing as if dead-and the photographer insists he didn't take the shot. Worse, her friend can't be found, and so Avery immediately calls Parker for help. As Avery, Parker, and their friends in law enforcement dig into the mystery, they find themselves face-to-face with a relentless and deadly threat.

I've read other books by this author, so I am familiar with her writing, but this book was a big miss for me.

I always try to read books in order, and thought I had read the first book in this series, but I must not have because I was quite lost!

Generally, it's not too big of a deal to read books out of order, sometimes there are a few things you miss, but usually the gaps are quickly filled in. But there was so much referencing to the first book, I felt lost at times trying to keep up with what was going on. I understand that part of that is my fault, but on the other hand, this is a separate book. It's one thing if you are referencing things occasionally, but it's a little annoying when you are constantly referring back to the other book. So if you are interested in this book, definitely read the first one first!

I'm a photographer, so I was pretty interested in this story. I really could not understand why Avery was 'blacklisted'. The reasoning is explained so briefly, and it just didn't make sense to me. But I have learned that it is elaborated more in the first book, so I am just basing this off of what I read in THIS book.

I found there to be too many characters and point-of-views, it was hard to keep straight sometimes. After I was about halfway through, I kind of got it figured out. But it was definitely frustrating. I also just didn't feel invested in any of the characters, you knew from the very beginning that Avery and Parker were going to end up together. It was so painfully obvious. It would have been nice to have some sort of tension or something, but unfortunately there wasn't.

Overall I found this to be a just okay book. Wasn't really great, wasn't terrible either. I thought the overall plot line was interesting, but this book just focused too much on emotions and relationships/romance and not enough action/mystery/suspense.

I received this book from Bethany House Publisher in exchange for an honest review. 

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