Driving home one rainy night, Cassie Larkin sees a man and woman fighting on the side of the road. After calling 911, the veterinarian makes a split-second decision that will throw her sedate suburban life into chaos. Against all reason and advice, she gets out of her minivan and chases after the violent man, trying to help his victim. When Cassie physically tries to stop him, he suddenly turns on her and spits out an ominous threat: “Let her die, and I’ll let you live.”
A veterinarian trained to heal, Cassie can’t let the woman die. But while she’s examining the unconscious victim, the attacker steals her car. Now he has her name. Her address. And he knows about her children. Though they warn her to be careful, the police assure her that the perpetrator—a criminal named Carver Sweet—won’t get near her. Cassie isn’t so sure.
The next day—Halloween—her husband disappears while trick-or-treating with their six-year-old daughter. Are these disturbing events a coincidence or the beginning of a horrifying nightmare? Her husband has been growing distant—is it possible he’s become involved with another woman? Is Cassie’s confrontation with the road-side attacker connected to her husband’s disappearance? With all these questions swirling in her mind Cassie can trust no one, maybe not even herself. The only thing she knows for sure is that she can’t sit back while the people she loves are in danger.
As she desperately searches for answers, Cassie discovers that nothing is as random as it seems, and that she is more than willing to fight—to go the most terrifying extremes—to save her family and her marriage.
Many thanks to William Morrow Publishing and Netgalley for the chance to read this novel.
Whew! The blurb made me desperate to pick up No Bad Deed, a quick-paced debut from Heather Chavez. The first half of this book was exactly as the blurb suggested – my heart was definitely pounding as the details of the characters’ lives unraveled. The story started in the way I love for my thrillers to, it captured my attention from the get-go and I couldn’t wait to find out what was happening, without a clue as to why things were occurring the way they were. I was eager to tell everyone how much I was loving this story because it boasted the break-neck speed I needed.
After such a promising start, I was sure No Bad Deed would be a five-star read for me, but unfortunately, the latter half of the plot didn’t hold up quite as well, in my opinion. There were a few blank spots in my mind that tend to happen when the writing is telling more than showing. From one paragraph to the next, the characters would randomly be doing different things that weren’t described in the previous paragraph. I would have to go back to reread, to make sure I hadn’t missed important details, which made the reading experience less enjoyable. It was confusing to read toward the end, making it feel as if not as much care was put into the second half of the book.
I also felt the plot veered off course. The twist was not what I was expecting, but I don’t know if anyone could have predicted it. It seemed too random due to a large number of characters cropping up as the book evolved. It became difficult to keep up with who was who. Overall, I was slightly disappointed by the lackluster finish for a book that started quite exceptionally.
No Bad Deed releases February 18th.
Rating: 3 stars