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Welcome to the Dead After Midnight Blog tour! I haven’t read a thriller in a while, so this book caught my eye and I’m so glad to have been part of this tour. I can’t wait to share my thoughts with you and give you awesome tidbits like an excerpt and a giveaway (at the end of this post). So, let’s get right into it.
- Dead After Midnight
- Book 1
- C.P. Daly
- May 16th, 2020
- 218 pages
Suzie Q is a prostitute and determined to get out of her current line of work and excited for a fresh start with best friend Lucy by her side. Her dreams come to an abrupt halt, when, during a night of turning tricks, she stumbles upon Lucy’s brutally murdered body. Fearing for her life, Suzie runs to her neighbor, Luke’s, to regroup, where she discovers he’s not just a creepy client, but an undercover FBI agent. He blindsides her when he reveals that she’s mixed up in an FBI investigation and that she’s been unknowingly working for Johnny Stone, New York’s notorious crime boss. Suzie flees from New York, hiding in a quaint seaside town in Maine. She changes her identity and her life. Now she has to survive, to keep the life she has come to love. This is the first novel in the Kelsey Woods thriller series.
CP’s reading tastes are an eclectic mix of thriller, crime, romance, and the occasional fantasy novel. But, when she puts pen to paper, she can’t resist the intrigue of a thriller.
CP has written two novels in The Kelsey Woods series, Dead After Midnight (debut novel, released in May 2020) and Dead Before Sunrise – which is scheduled for release in the fall of 2020.
A true east coaster from beautiful Nova Scotia, Canada, CP is happily married to her high school sweetheart. She’s been blessed with a wonderful family, including six adorable grandchildren.
Excerpt from Dead After Midnight!
As always, before I get into the book review, I want to share the excerpt with you. What’s interesting is this excerpt isn’t from the first chapter. It’s somewhere in the middle of the book although I can’t remember what chapter exactly. This is more intriguing to me because it doesn’t give anything away and it will probably make you wonder what happened before this point!
I unlocked the door and climbed the stairs to the top floor, which opened up right by my room. I quietly unlocked my door and went right over to the large picture window and looked out. Nothing. No boogeyman hiding in the bushes and casing the joint. I shut the curtains and turned to switch on the light, stopping mid-stride.
“Don’t be foolish and scream, Suzie. The cops would be called and I am pretty sure you don’t want to involve them.”
There he was, larger than life and stretched out on my bed as if he owned the place. I wasn’t surprised to see him. I couldn’t see his face, but of course I recognized the voice; I had heard it many times in my old life—a very deep, distinctive voice.
“How did you find me, Luke?”
“Just have to ask the right people the right questions over and over again. It’s good to see you. I’ve been in town a few days now, watching you. I have to say, you’ve impressed me with all the positive changes in your life. New line of work, new home, and even a new name—it suits you. I mean that. I’m very happy that you’ve left the old life behind you. Lucy would be very proud.”
“Are you here to take me back? Am I being arrested?”
Onto The Book Review!
As I said earlier, this book is a thriller. I haven’t read many thrillers but I quite enjoy them and this was no exception. When I first started reading the book I wasn’t sure how I felt about it. For some reason, I thought it was going to fall into the trap of having a lot of cliche’s. But I pushed on and kept reading and found out I was wrong. The story was original and I quite liked that I didn’t know what was going to happen.
So, in my opinion, the most important part of a book is the story. I don’t think any of you would disagree. If you can’t get into the story, you won’t like it and odds are you won’t even finish the book.
The story however has many parts to it including characters, plotline, world-building, and more. To me, C.P. Daly did a wonderful job on every aspect of the story. All the characters were relatable on some level including the main character.
The world was set in New York and Maine primarily and I felt like I could imagine the whole book. One big thing I care about is being able to see what I am reading. Who doesn’t like to be able to envision what the characters look like and to see what the main characters see?
It was very easy for me to do. I was able to have a picture in my head for Suzanne/Julia, Luke, Lucy, the entire Peter’s family, Stone, and even Phoenix to a degree. I was able to envision the Peter’s restaurant and Julia’s apartment, the marina, and pretty much every place that was in the book.
This was a huge points booster for me while I was reading the book. Being able to see what happened is really what made Dead After Midnight such a great story.
The Line Between Reality & Fiction
One thing I was paying attention to given the context of the story was how realistic it was. This book is fiction, so the given is that it doesn’t have to be realistic. However, it takes place in our world in the United States.
The story completely revolves around things that do happen. With the involvement of the mob, the feds, and a girl on the run, I thought there should be some realism to this. What I mean by this is that as I read, I would question how realistic the situations were.
I would think things like how likely is it that this situation would actually happen? or does this seem far fetched or not?. What I found is that it was very realistic.
You know how in movies involving the government or just cops in general, they always seem to involve big explosions, or fights get taken out into the public and loads of destruction happens. Or in movies that involve the feds always have things that the feds don’t actually do.
Well, in this book that is not the case. I enjoyed this bit because it means the author took her time in making this book enjoyable without all the theatrics. I liked that everything that happened seemed like it would happen in real life and probably does happen without us being aware.
The level of secrecy was there and keeping things as clean and unnoticeable to the public as possible was there. And yet, it was still exciting. Dead After Midnight was anything but boring and honestly, how could it be with a title like that.
This is not the best book ever in the entire world but I did enjoy reading it and I did enjoy the story enough that I would read book 2 of the series. The only real problem I had is that it is a thriller and I didn’t feel like I was on the edge of my seat. For this reason, I am giving Dead After Midnight 4/5 stars. While I was not on the edge of my seat I did still want to know what was going to happen. I think it deserves every one of those stars!
Alright, onto the most important bit. You can get the book the old fashioned way or you can try to win one of three print copies. This of course is my recommendation. However, this is only for people residing in North America. If you don’t win one of those three copies, then you should still get the book. Being that I want to read the next book in the series, I think I would be providing you a disservice to say that you shouldn’t read Dead After Midnight. So, get your thriller pants on and read this book!a Rafflecopter giveaway
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