Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Mistaken by J.A. Howell

Title: Mistaken
Author: J.A. Howell
My RatingA-

Genre: Suspense
Series: -
Main Characters: Dillan and Trey
Release Date: October 2012

ISBN: 1477456368 

Purchase Links: Amazon

Sexual Intensity: spicy

Story Overview: 
One year ago, two bullets from a .45 caliber pistol ripped away any hopes Dillan had of a future with her fiancé, Jamie.

On the anniversary of Jamie’s death, the appearance of his estranged twin brother, Trey, leaves Dillan wondering what other secrets her perfect fiancé was hiding. When Trey learns of his brother’s death, Dillan takes pity on him and gives him a place to stay. 

Trey’s erratic behavior and a series of suspicious phone calls lead Dillan to believe that Trey knows more about the circumstances surrounding Jamie's death than he’s letting on. With all leads exhausted and Jamie’s murderer still on the loose, Trey is Dillan’s last hope for finding the truth.

Sometimes the truth hurts... but in Dillan's case it could kill her.

My Review:
I went into reading this book with just a little bit of trepidation. I know (via online, not in real life) and really like this author. We both released our first books at the same time so we've had that connection to support each other. But this is a book that doesn't typically fall into my normal genre read. There is a touch of romance to it, but it's definitely more mainstream suspense. But I had NO REASON to worry. This book sucked me right in and I didn't set it back down until the very last page. This story was so good...really riveting.

The book starts with Jamie's death...and it's heartbreaking. Jamie and Dillan are getting ready to go out. Jamie plans to propose to her...in fact he's left the ring in the bedroom for her to find while she's getting ready. At the same time she finds the ring, he answers the door and is murdered. The actual story then starts a year after that event...and Dillan is not coping well...abusing alcohol and prescription drugs, she's definitely in a downward spiral of depression. Then Trey shows up with Jamie's face...he's the twin brother Dillan never knew Jamie had even though they'd been together for almost 10 years.

This entire book is one big mystery. Bit by bit, piece by piece you get the clues as to what happened ten years ago to separate the twins. They've kept in touch, but it's not a continual thing because Trey didn't realize that Jamie was dead, so this is a huge blow to him. But he's not talking about why they lost touch so you don't know whether Dillan should trust him or not. And Dillan does trust him...pretty much. She can see how shocked he is about Jamie's death and that he's grieving just as much as her. For the first time, there's someone there she can count on to understand her grief and they bond over that.

There are several levels to this book. First is Dillan and her depression. She's not in a good place. Then there's the inexplicable murder of Jamie...they have no idea why he was murdered, although it appears that Trey is the key. There's  no doubt that Trey feels guilty about Jamie's death...what's unclear is just what exactly he did to cause it and how much he should truly be blamed. 

It's a great book that weaves in and out. I had a pretty good idea where the suspense story line was going, but that didn't keep me from enjoying every single minute of it. I liked the bond that develops between Dillan and Trey. She's so lost...she needs a confidant who understands so that she can heal. Watching Trey grieve seems to do that for her on a certain level...she doesn't feel so alone and lost.

Overall, it was just a fantastic read. Like I said, I was riveted from the very first scene. It sucked me in and left me in a happy place when it was all said and done...definitely the sign of a good book.

I received a complementary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

Author Bio:

J.A Howell is an office drone by day, and a writer by night. Her love of writing took off when she was eleven years old and decided to fill a composition notebook with stories to read to her friends. Many years (and notebooks) later, not much has changed. She still loves writing and sharing her works with others. When she isn’t writing, she can often be found trying her hand at whatever artistic pursuit strikes her fancy. J.A. Howell resides in Apopka, FL with her husband and their menagerie of animal children.

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