Friday, June 7, 2013

Haliey's Comments - Review

Hailey's CommentsHailey's Comments by Kristy Tate
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

From some secrets, just like from some men, there’s no escape.

No one knows that sassy but shy Emma Clements is the voice of her grandmother’s advice column, Hailey’s Comments, until handsome Ryan Everett discovers the truth. To avoid his teasing questions and his you-can’t-fool-me remarks, Emma and her ugly dog Wyeth flee to sparsely populated Lister Island in the Puget Sound, where Emma intends to devote the summer to her painting and art.

On Lister Island, Emma encounters a pistol packing priest, a pair of greedy organic food farmers, an octogenarian jail keeper and Ryan Everett. Soon, Emma is much more concerned about her heart than her art. After a series of disturbing coincidences, Emma suspects that the life of Helen Dunsmuir, Lister Island’s recently deceased grande dame, is tied to her own. As she unravels the secrets of Helen’s life—and untimely death—Emma learns that problems are rarely solved with a quip or platitude, and that it’s better to love than to comment.

Hailey’s Comments, a romantic suspense reminiscent of Mary Stewart, was a quarter-finalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Contest

The overall story is interesting. A maybe romance we're all hoping for, secrets that might be exposed, a mysterious mystery.

Turns out it's a mystery.
I did not know that.

A murder mystery to be exact.
It doesn't play out like one though, so don't expect Agatha Christie.

We aren't given many reasons to be suspicious, we don't get to personally know most of the characters so it's not like we could find a motive.
Except for the obvious which would be just that, obvious.
I didn't feel like any of the major plot was developed.

We do get an "Oh wow" moment but that's because we had no reason to see it coming. We might as well have been told that it was a dream someone from another book was having.
Wait. What? How does that make sense?
The butler did it?! There wasn't even a butler!
The butler did not do it. I'm not even talking about the murder mystery anymore, I'm talking about the second mystery (which is mentioned in the description.)
I didn't see it as a mystery because we didn't get very many details leading up to it.
It pretty much just happens.

I loved the main character Emma and the "handsome" Ryan Everett it would have been great as just a romance between them, but the mystery part kind of turned me off of it.

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