“Change is scary. You’re going to be all right. You’re tough.”Melinda Leigh, Say You’re Sorry, p. 13
After having a small stump of not that great of reads (for the exception of J. D. Robb’s newest book, Vendetta in Death, I was hoping that Say You’re Sorry was as good as it looked to be. It ended up in the pile with the other “not that great of reads” pile.
This book had such a great possibility of being great as the first few chapters were, grab you and suck you in pages, but that died away so quickly. It was very difficult to get past the punctuation issues that ran throughout the entire book. Short, choppy sentences can bring a lot to a mystery/thriller story such as this as it can bring more suspense to the read, but for how she chopped everything up it was like she was making a salad with words. A bad, horrible tasting salad. It reminded me of the time I suffered through reading the Fifty Shades books. If she would have focused more on the structure of the writing this would have been a book series that I would want to continue reading as this was only the first book of six. I’m one who loves to read the entire series as I want to know how things go with the characters as we move from book to book, however, I don’t think I can make myself read the rest in this series this time around. I suppose we shall see.
The plot was great though. Girl-next-door ends up killed beside a lake frequented by the teenagers of the town and the first one on the list of suspects? The boyfriend of course! I had a feeling from the beginning though that he would turn out to be the red herring of the story, but I do love a good twist so I continued to read. I needed to find out if he truly was innocent as Morgan Dane, the lawyer who decided to fight for Nick, believed him to be. There were so many possibilities to who the killer/rapist could be which attempted to make the story more gripping but it became too much. There were too many characters after a while that it started to get so jumbled of what the actual story was about. One person had this issue, another person had another issue. It was just too much. Then there was Jamie, a friend of Tessa’s that had up and run away from home right after her mother announced she was getting married. Throughout the entire book I was expecting her to turn up dead next, but came to find out she was hiding from her soon-to-be stepfather who was apparently molesting her in his spare time.
The story really tried to keep my interest but after I got about halfway through the book I was ready to move onto a better read. Something that I know would hold my interest. I can never seem to bring myself to quit a book though so I ended up finishing it but it did take me longer than a good book would have. I’ll consider reading the rest of the series but I won’t hold my breath on it.
About Say You’re Sorry
After the devastating loss of her husband in Iraq, Morgan Dane returns to her hometown of Scarlet Falls, seeking comfort from what is left of her friends and family. She’s finally found peace and a promising career opportunity, that is until her babysitter is killed and her neighbor asks her to defend his son, Nick, who is currently being accused of the crime.
Tessa was the ultimate girl next door, and the community is outraged by her death. But Morgan has known Nick for years and can’t believe he’s guilty of killing Tessa, despite the damning evidence stacked against him. She asks her friend and former boyfriend, Lance Kruger, who is also an ex-cop turned private eye, for help. Taking on the town, the police, and a zealous DA, Morgan and Lance plunge into the investigation, determined to find who really killed her. But as they uncover secrets that rock the community, they become targets for the madman hiding in plain sight.
A list of Melinda Leigh’s books can be found on her site here – Book List