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My Sister's Murderer

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Not for me 😔

I will give the book 2/5 stars. It did not appeal to me. The book is a quick read and that is great. However, the ending is abrupt.

Synopsis

After the shocking death of her twin sister, one woman goes on a quest to bring her murderer to justice. What she doesn’t expect is the complicated feelings that come after she partners with a dangerous, unbearably attractive mobster who may hold the answers she needs.
For as long as I can remember, my twin sister Samantha was there for me. Then someone murdered her. I’m going to find out who and I’m going to make them pay.
The police don’t care; they won’t help an escort with a dead sister. There’s only one person who has the power to do that. But can I risk going to the most dangerous man in the city to help me?
Alfie is powerful.
He’s got money, wealthy, and the backing of his own gang. He’s also my most dedicated client. I’d say anything to get his cooperation, including a few lies. After all, who better to track down the killer than his own potential rival gang leader?
I just didn’t expect this. His touch sets me on fire and makes me wonder what we could be. Like I said, he’s dangerous for a whole lot of reasons.

"Your character will be what you yourself choose to make it."- John Lubbock


This book opens up with Linda sitting in Alfie's bedroom waiting for him, to seek his help in her twin sister's murder. It is a thriller, which for me closely resembled a Mills and Boons novel.


Linda and Samantha are twins who live with their abusive father and elder brother. They are invariably blamed for their mother's death as she died during childbirth. Samantha is murdered gruesomely, and Linda seeks Alfie's help in finding her murderer. Alfie and Linda share a complicated relationship as she is an escort, and he is her most dedicated client. The book follows Linda on her journey to seek revenge entailing the help of the city's most dangerous mobster- Alfie. 


This book did not resonate with me. For me, Linda seems like a headless chicken, who has no issues playing the "damsel in distress" throughout the novel, but suddenly develops a spine at the end of the book. The author tries to portray Linda as a feminist; however, she has miserably failed. The character is underdeveloped and seems to lead her life on a whim. The character development had a lot of potential, and I wish the author would have taken the efforts to portray her in a much better way. 


Alfie is depicted as a strong, good at heart, and devilishly good-looking mobster. He has his heart in the right place, and there are multiple instances in the book that depict those. Alfie's character is the only one for which I felt the author had invested time and effort. All other characters felt either random, forced into the storyline, or lacking. 


The book's end is so poorly written that it seems to have an abrupt end. The author does not justify the ending or the character's decision sufficiently. It seems as if the author just got tired of writing and decided not to delve into the reasons. The book has 104 pages only and can be completed in a single sitting. 


I will give the book 2/5 stars. It did not appeal to me, and I believe the plot had lots of potential; however, the author refused to explore that. 

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Synopsis

After the shocking death of her twin sister, one woman goes on a quest to bring her murderer to justice. What she doesn’t expect is the complicated feelings that come after she partners with a dangerous, unbearably attractive mobster who may hold the answers she needs.
For as long as I can remember, my twin sister Samantha was there for me. Then someone murdered her. I’m going to find out who and I’m going to make them pay.
The police don’t care; they won’t help an escort with a dead sister. There’s only one person who has the power to do that. But can I risk going to the most dangerous man in the city to help me?
Alfie is powerful.
He’s got money, wealthy, and the backing of his own gang. He’s also my most dedicated client. I’d say anything to get his cooperation, including a few lies. After all, who better to track down the killer than his own potential rival gang leader?
I just didn’t expect this. His touch sets me on fire and makes me wonder what we could be. Like I said, he’s dangerous for a whole lot of reasons.

Sitting there in Alfie’s room, I realized what I was just about to do. I didn’t want to, but it wasn’t like I had anyone else to go to. I looked around his room, noticing the small details that had never caught my eye before. His room was huge, and the view outside the window was one of the most magnificent views I had seen in my whole life, which had me wondering why I’d never noticed it before. I had probably missed it because whenever I had been here before, it’d been solely for business, and I never had the time to look around, or even when I did, Alfie always switched off the lights whenever I was here. He preferred it that way, and the amount of money he was paying me was enough to keep my mouth shut about any complaints that I might’ve had about the arrangement. I stood up and walked toward the window, gazing at the view outside and thinking about Samantha and how she would have loved to just sit here, in front of this window, and read a book as the wind blew her hair all

2

Serenity Marie over the place. Samantha wouldn’t have taken this long to discover this view—it would have been the first thing she would have noticed if she were to ever enter this room. Thinking about Samantha brought tears to my eyes, and as I lifted my hand to wipe them away, the door to the room opened, and Alfie walked in. “Why are you still in clothes?” he questioned as he looked at me from head to toe, analyzing me, confused, probably because he had never seen me like this, and I hated that he was seeing me at my lowest point. I hated that he was seeing me at such a vulnerable point of my life, but he was the best choice I had at the moment. More like the only choice. “I am not here for the regular business, Alfie. I need your help.” I cut to the chase. He nodded, motioning to a chair. “Sit down.” As I walked over to the chair, Alfie crossed to the stand in the corner and filled a glass with wine. I was nervously fiddling with my skirt when he walked over and sat in the chair in front of me. “You do know that you can’t just barge in here and get me to help, irrespective of how long we have been doing business together. I’ll let it to go this time and hear you out, but remember, don’t make a habit out it.” I nodded, gulping down my saliva, relieved that he was at least willing to hear me out. The next thing I had to do was persuade him to help me.

3

My Sister’s Murderer “Now, start talking. What do you need help with?” I looked at him, trying to keep my tears at bay. “It’s my sister, my twin sister.” “Is she an escort too? Do you need help getting her clients? Is that what this is? Because if yes, then consider it done.” Alfie went on, pissing me off. I could never imagine Samantha living this life. No, not when I was alive. All the sacrifices I made were only because I wanted her to live a better life, I would have never let her even come close to men like him, and now he was sitting in front of me fantasizing about her, and there was nothing I could do about it. I clenched my fist, trying to control my anger.

About the author

Serenity Marie is a new mystery fiction self-published writer who enjoys to read and write on her free time. With a love and excitement for writing mystery novels, check out her first book "My Sister's Murderer" view profile

Published on March 07, 2020

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20000 words

Contains explicit content ⚠️

Genre: Mystery & Crime

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