As clues begin to surface, Amelia finds herself swept into an investigation that hits all too close to home. But how much is she willing to risk in order to uncover the truth and bring a killer to justice?
Comment: A friend whose opinion on thrillers and mysteries is one I trust (I don't read as many books in that genre as she does) only had good things to say about this story so of course I felt curious to try it myself. I bought an used hardcover in sale and now finally was able to get to it.
In this story we meet Amelia Winn, a nurse who now must cope with being deaf after a hit and run situation while she was helping a patient, who died on the same attack. Amelia took a long time to adjust to her new status, became an alcoholic, also put her family in jeopardy and her soon to be ex isn't confident about leaving her with Nora, his daughter and Amelia's stepdaughter. However, now Amelia is coping, has improved and only wants to get back her life, starting by getting a new job, even if not as a nurse. The issue is that as soon as the story starts, Amelia discovers the body of a former fellow nurse, Gwen, while she was kayaking and now she can't help but trying to put the pieces together so she can find what happened. Even with the help of her childhood friend Jake, can she find out the truth before her reputation is, again, lost?
This is the first book I try by this author, so I had no idea about what I'd find, except from opinions. Well, I must say this was one of those situations where what worked so well for my friend, wasn't as successful for me and I got a little frustrated with the story as I kept reading...
The premise was definitely appealing and I was quite interested in seeing how Amelia would deal with her sudden deafness, result of an accident. In fact, it wasn't an accident, she and another woman with her were targeted on purpose, and we are left with the possibility this was intentional because the woman Amelia helped was the victim of a crime. That other woman died but Amelia's injuries resulted in her deafness and, of course, this changed her life. I thought this introduction to the story would have some sort of closure later on but I don't think the author really explained this nor who did it, so I can only assume it was a convenient method to put Amelia on her current path.
As the plot developed, I've also started to get a little annoyed with another thing. This is something I particularly dislike in certain romance novels, but it turns out it can be as annoying in thrillers, which is the first person narrator. Amelia got on my nerves, I confess, and sometimes I wondered how on earth could her thought process be that interesting! First person narrations have to be by amazing characters or about amazing lives, otherwise, it can feel very childish or superficial and I fear Amelia wasn't that interesting. Her being deaf, while having some interest, if only because we don't have many deaf protagonists, wasn't such a big deal to her personality. I just think Amelia was simply irritating on her own.