BookView Review: Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead by Eleanor Kelley

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

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Publication Date: April 11, 2023

Publisher: Atmosphere Press

Genre: Fiction, Mystery

ISBN: 978-1-63988-797-2

List Price: $14.99 USD Trade Paperback

Page Count: 240

Audience: Adult

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Kelley weaves an engrossing tale of betrayal and murder in her engrossing novel, taking readers on one woman’s exhilarating journey to find the truth behind her ex-husband’s suspicious death. When Kate O’Brien realizes she has married a serial cheater, she has no option but to divorce her husband, Harry Johnson. But Kate’s grown-up children blame her for breaking the home and refuse to talk to her. Trying to get away from all the negativity, Kate leaves for Ireland to spread her mother’s ashes. When Harry dies under mysterious circumstances; Kate becomes number one suspect as she was the last person to see him alive. Kate must find the real killer or risk losing her freedom. Kelley’s prose is straightforward, and narrative smooth. The mystery surrounding Harry’s death drives the plot to its exhilarating ending, and readers will be floored by the eventual identity and motives of the killer. A secondary subplot involving Kate’s father spotting Harry after he is dead keeps the tension high. Kate is an empathetic and flawed heroine, whose yearning for acceptance and understanding, especially from her children, elevates the narrative beyond a grim tale of infidelity, betrayal, and revenge. Readers looking for an escapist mystery will be thrilled.


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