Review: Who Cares if They Die by Wendy Dranfield

Print Length: 289 pages
Publisher: Ruby Fiction (September 25, 2018)

From Did she jump or was she pushed? 

It starts with the hanging woman in the Maple Valley woods; the woman with no shoes, no car, and no name. On paper, it’s an obvious case of suicide – but to Officer Dean Matheson, something doesn’t add up. 

Then there are the other deaths, deaths that also look like suicides – but are they? The victims are all women living on the fringes of society, addicts, and criminals. Who will miss them? Does anyone really care if they die? 

Dean Matheson is making it his business to care, even if it means he becomes a target...


My Rating: 3 stars out of 5

This book was interesting to say the least. The author has a solid writing style (as well as a solid grip on small town life), and she certainly knows how to create complex characters. Even the fact that we as the reader know early on who is behind things (although we don't know why until later), was a refreshing change and something I enjoyed. To me, the why is just as important (if not more important) than the who. So on those aspects I very much enjoyed this story. 

Where it lost it for me was in some of the actions and reactions Dean had. I can understand his affair. What I can't understand is how he was so completely blind were Beth was concerned. Suddenly his earlier decision to try and make things work out with Linda were forgotten. Even though he senses something is off about Beth, he doesn't look too deeply into it. He's a cop for crying out loud, and yet he makes some seriously flawed choices. I can't go into everything without there being major spoilers, lets just say that there were times when he seriously should have known better. 

Overall, I will read more from this author (including more of this series as this is apparently book one in a new series featuring Dean and his dog - which surprised me. I would have expected it to be at least book 2) and I do believe this novel will appeal to those who enjoy a well written thriller.

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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