Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Review of 'Too Close to Home' by Tressa Messenger


tooclosetohome-croppedWhen the body of a beautiful and popular senior head cheerleader, Melissa Cooley, is found brutally stabbed to death at the local high school it sends the small coastal community in North Carolina into a frenzy. To make matters worse…another body is found.

A slacker boy by the name of Ronald Marks is found hanging from the field goal post on the football field only a day later. Pamlico County native Detective Carma Jones, and her partner Harold Green, set out on a search for this ruthless assailant who is wrecking havoc in a normally peaceful community. No one is safe and everyone is a suspect.

The twists and turns along the way lead them in a direction Carma would’ve never guessed. One filled with deep secrets that were meant to stay buried…


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**My thoughts**

I think this series has some great potential. It was nice to read a mystery for a change. I had actually been craving one to take a break from all of the new adult romances I have been reviewing lately. The opening chapter grabs your attention, as it is told from the POV of the first victim. The final lines in that chapter actually haunted me a bit and stayed with me as I kept on reading. 

The rest of the book is told mainly from the point of view of Carma, the lead detective on the case. I felt at times like the author was rabbit-trailing as she would dive into elaborate descriptions of the scenery, or the history of a place or relationship. They would almost take too long and then suddenly return to the present action. I realized that we were deep in Carma's thoughts. Carma is a keen observer with a lot of history in the small town of Dawson's Creek. She is using it to her advantage. Plus, I recognized that I can also get lost in thought for a moment all throughout the day, being reminded of memories in a place or with a person. It just seems longer when written out on paper that those few seconds in which it actually happens. Once I wrapped my head around this, I was able to better appreciate those extra passages and better understood Carma as a person.

There are plenty of little twists and turns to keep you returning to the book. I read it in bits and pieces in between doing other things. Some of the twists I easily saw coming. Carma is likable enough. I am mixed on a couple of her coworkers and the other kids. 

I liked it enough to want to finish it and am interested in seeing how the series progresses. I know that a second book is coming. I think that the more that the author writes in this genre, the stronger the stories will become.

tressa-2Tressa Messenger grew up in a very small town in Eastern North Carolina called Reelsboro in a coastal county called Pamlico. Being as it was such a small area Tressa developed an immense imagination at a young age. That is where she harnessed her love for writing.

To date Tressa lives in New Orleans Louisiana with her husband, daughter and an assortment of critters.

As of right now Tressa has nine books published, some self-published and some being published through Limitless Publishing.

As a young writer Tressa has overcome adversity of Dyslexia and continues to exceed expectations.


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