This review is based on a complimentary book I received from NetGalley. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.The Girl Who Knew Too Much by Amanda Quick
Also by this author: Til Death Do Us Part
Genres: Crime, Mystery
Release Date: May 16, 2017
Format: ARC, E-book
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Amanda Quick, the bestselling author of ’Til Death Do Us Part, transports readers to 1930s California, where glamour and seduction spawn a multitude of sins…
When Hollywood moguls and stars want privacy, they head to an idyllic small town on the coast, where the exclusive Burning Cove Hotel caters to their every need. It’s where reporter Irene Glasson finds herself staring down at a beautiful actress at the bottom of a pool.
Seeking the truth, Irene finds herself drawn to a master of deception. Oliver Ward was once a world-famous magician—until he was mysteriously injured during his last performance. Now the owner of the Burning Cove Hotel, he can’t let scandal threaten his livelihood, even if it means trusting Irene, a woman who seems to have appeared in Los Angeles out of nowhere four months ago.
With Oliver’s help, Irene soon learns that the glamorous paradise of Burning Cove hides dark and dangerous secrets. And that the past—always just out of sight—could drag them both under…
The time period is set in the 1930’s era of glamorous Hollywood and the location is a small town set outside of Los Angeles, California. The story starts off with Irene on the run from a situation that she did not fully understand. What she did understand was a message from beyond the grave from her employer that implored her to “run.” That was a fantastic way to start out the story I thought. Really setting a person on the edge of their seat.
The characters are developed and likable. They are what I would expect from that era but I also felt that I had seen these characters before. There was not much that stood out about them, except for Oliver. He was once a magician and I liked that about his character. When an unexpected event occurred and he could not continue his magician ways he purchased the Burning Cove hotel. It is at this establishment where most of the action takes place.
There is a great mystery mixed with some suspense. We know from the start that Irene is on the run and who she is running from, even if she doesn’t. What we don’t know is why her boss was killed exactly. Will they catch up with Irene?? You spend most of the story waiting for the proverbial other shoe to drop. The mystery component is trying to figure out why women having encounters with Nick Tremayne are winding up dead. What is the connection? The mystery itself has a few red-herrings thrown in to keep the truth hazy. Nice!
The romance between the main characters was meh. I did like what was being developed between the characters of Oliver and Irene. It was a nice build up but there was no heat factor. Oliver’s character was endearing to me though. His interest in Irene was romantic from the start. He took her safety seriously but was trying, in his way, to keep her close. He had his dark side and all but I really liked that too.
This story did not scream Amanda Quick to me and maybe that was what she was going for. The ending had its big finish and then a few more chapters where all the loose ends were tidied up. I did not like that really. Made it feel like the story just kept going. What this story does brings to the table is a good suspense-filled mystery of who done it turn of the century style.
*Thank you to NetGalley & Berkley Publishing Group for this eARC of The Girl Who Knew Too Much*