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What Lies Within - James Morris

I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for the opportunity to read this book!

 

As a warning, the blurb for this book gives quite a bit away!

What Lies Within drew me in right away. The opening scene was really creepy. After that, the book takes a bit of a step back, but not much of one. The pacing is pretty quick. Some of the language use felt a bit awkward to me at times, but generally, it flowed fairly well.

I LOVED the dialogue in this book. For the most part, it felt pretty genuine, and I liked the two main relationships the book focuses on (Shelley and her father, and Shelley and Wilson). They felt fairly authentic to me in a lot of ways. Actually, while reading this, I almost felt like I was watching a TV show or movie. It felt very movie-like a lot of ways. A lot of lines and scenes reminded me of things out of crime shows and whatnot. Not in a stereotypical way or anything, though.

The only thing that REALLY irritated me about this book was 

Shelley's assumption that the police are somehow in on the whole thing with the motorcyclist. I didn't understand why she felt that way or how she justified it to herself. I felt like things could have resolved themselves much more quickly if she'd gone to the police in the first place. I also didn't really get why the cop blew her off so easily after she approached him about Matthew Ridge.

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Shelley seems to have a habit of taking these HUUUUUUUUGE leaps in her reasoning and I felt like I was scrambling to keep up because I didn't get why that would be a logical thing to think. She's also very melodramatic, which was frustrating. I didn't exactly find her likable, but it's hard not to cheer her on as she searches for the answers to the questions she has about herself.

Overall, this was a decent, fast-paced thriller. A few things threw me, but it was pretty enjoyable, and I'd be up for more books from this author in the future. I'm definitely curious as to whether there will be a sequel.