Monday, 3 November 2014

The Damage Done

Author: Hilary Davidson
Series: #1 in the Lily Moore mystery series
Type: Hardcover
Source: Local Public Library
Pages: 352
Publisher: Forge Books
First Published: September 2010

Book Description from GoodReads:  Lily Moore, a successful travel writer, fled to Spain to get away from her troubled, drug-addicted younger sister, Claudia.  But when Claudia is found dead in a bathtub on the anniversary of their mother’s suicide, Lily must return to New York to deal with the aftermath.

The situation shifts from tragic to baffling when the body at the morgue turns out to be a stranger’s. The dead woman had been using Claudia’s identity for months.  The real Claudia had vanished, reappearing briefly on the day her impostor died.  As Claudia transforms from victim to suspect in the eyes of the police, Lily becomes determined to find her before they do.

Is Claudia actually missing, or is she playing an elaborate con game?  And who’s responsible for the body that was found in the bathtub?  An obsessive ex-lover?  An emotionally disturbed young man with a rich and powerful father?  Or Lily’s own former fiancĂ©, who turns out to be more deeply involved with Claudia than he admits?

As Lily searches for answers, a shadowy figure stalks her and the danger to her grows.  Determined to learn the truth at any cost, she is unprepared for the terrible toll it will take on her and those she loves.

My Review:  After reading her latest book Blood Always Tells (which I really loved) I hate to admit that I was really disappointed with this book.  There just wasn't the suspense or the interesting characters that Blood Always Tells had in spades.  I kept waiting and hoping for a big plot twist but it never really came.

I also found the dialogue to be quite stale between the characters, many of whom came off as clichĂ©d.  From the gay best friend to the controlling boyfriend to the rich and highly powerful best friend of Claudia's who has a questionable past and interactions with nefarious characters.  These were cookie cutter characters and didn't endear me to this book.  

I just didn't feel invested in Lily's life and while the idea of her sister's death was interesting the twists just weren't that riveting.  There were also a lot of characters and I kept getting a couple of the women mixed up.  After awhile I stopped trying to figure out who was who and ended up forcing myself to finish the book basically because I thought the author would pull off a big twist at the end.  Sadly there was no twist.

My Rating: 2/5 stars

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