Good as Dead by Susan Walter #BookReview

Holly Kendrick’s husband is dead. Holly saw it all. In one violent moment, a hit-and-run accident turns Holly’s life upside down. Then a fixer for the high-powered guilty party approaches Holly with an offer she is in no position to refuse. Holly and her daughter, Savannah, will want for nothing, beginning with a luxury dream house—all for the price of their silence. But when their sudden appearance in privileged Calabasas, California, piques the curiosity of neighbors, the price becomes greater than they imagined. Because Holly and Savannah aren’t the only ones in the neighborhood with something to hide.

Told from alternating points of view, Good as Dead draws together an unlikely group of people bound to one another by a crime, a cover-up, and compounding deceptions. As carefully constructed lives begin to crumble, how far will everyone be willing to go to bury the truth and protect the people they love?

My thoughts on Good As Dead

Money is a strange thing. Most of us want more of it. We make plans for how we would spend it – going on holiday, paying off our mortgage, giving our kids a better life. Yet, money doesn’t necessarily make us happy. That is definitely the case for Holly and Savannah, the wife and daughter of a wonderful husband and father killed in a hit and run by someone with enough money to buy them a house and a life they could only dream of.

Holly makes the deal because she thinks it the right thing to do – to give her daughter a life she couldn’t have otherwise. Savannah wants that life, wants more. For both of them though, the grief of losing the man they love means that no amount of money can make them feel better. It doesn’t seem to be helping the person paying them off either – they are wracked with guilt over what they’ve done. It’s all a big old mess, one none of them seem to know how to get out of. And then it takes a deadly turn.

Given the title, this is no surprise. What was was that the book wasn’t as deadly as I thought. In fact, it was more a story on the morals of what the characters had done that it was the fact someone was trying to kill Holly and Savannah. Once I’d gotten my head around that – which took a while I will admit – I have to say I quite liked it.

I liked the characters, I liked the moral dilemmas they faced, and I liked the way they dealt with them in a way that felt human, not forced. I didn’t so much like the ending, which felt a little like an ‘add on’ that I could have done without. Overall, though, this was a jolly good read. One I’d recommend (as long as you don’t want a high body-count!) – 4 Stars!


Please note: I received a copy of this book in return for a fair and honest review. All thoughts, feelings, and opinions are my own.

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