Review: Ominous by Lisa Jackson, Nancy Bush & Rosalind Noonan

Print Length: 384 pages
Publisher: Zebra (July 25, 2017)

In the photograph, three teenage girls splash in the river on a sweltering summer evening. Shiloh, Kat, and Ruth are unaware of the man who spies on them from the woods. They have no idea how their lives will be changed by the brutal violence that follows and the vow of secrecy they take. 
Fifteen years later, Ruth and Shiloh have both returned to Prairie Creek, Wyoming, where Kat is deputy sheriff. Though they've tried to leave their shared past behind, each has the feeling that someone is lurking in the shadows. When a local girl vanishes, Kat is convinced there s a connection to that long ago night. But as the friends unite to find the missing teenager, a killer sends a chilling message. 
He s still there. And he hasn't forgotten. For so long he's made do with other victims, but they can't compare to the ones who got away. The ones who keep searching for him, blind to the terrifying truth that they are not the hunters, but his prey . . .


My Rating: 2 stars out of 5
To begin with, I have to say I strongly disagree with the book cover. "Scariest novel of the year" this was not. At least not for me. In fact I found myself putting this book down quite a lot. I just couldn't stay invested - which was very disappointing given how interesting the book sounded. 

The characters were a little too one dimensional for my tastes, and the plot seemed too thin for what the reader was promised. Honestly, if not for bad luck, I doubt the killed would have been caught considering a retired police officer, and two of the three girls in the photograph (neither of them police officers) were running around questioning suspects and witnesses. I also didn't care much for how the book was written when it came to the "current" events. We get a snippet of Shiloh's new life and her budding relationship with her half sister and step brother, then we get bounced over to Ruth as she worries about her daughter, then finally we land on Kat and spend the rest of the novel with her. While Ruth is mentioned to an extent, Shiloh fairly disappears from the pages, popping in randomly to accuse Kat (who is a detective) of "freezing her out" of the investigation. Well yeah, that is how its supposed to work. 

In the end, while I am sure this story may still appeal to those who enjoy psychological thrillers, this one just wasn't for me. 

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. This has not affected my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are 100% my own.

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