Review: Her Sister's Killer Michelle S. Smith


Print Length: 168 pages
Publisher:  Joffe Books (August 17, 2021)

From  She might be one of Chicago’s best homicide detectives, but can she hold up when she has to investigate her twin sister’s murder?

“Your sister didn’t arrive at the hospital for work and they—”

“Becky’s missing?”

“Her body was found this morning by a jogger. It was murder.”

Victoria Wharton never wanted to return to her tiny New England hometown. She hasn’t spoken to her mother or sister since she left to follow her dreams. But now she’s back to get justice for her sister.

Will her feelings for her childhood friend and fellow detective, Steve McCade, get in the way?

Then the death threats start, and a local man is beaten half to death. The killer will do anything to keep his identity — and motives — a secret. And Victoria realizes she must look closer to home to find her sister’s killer.


My Rating: 1 star out of 5

This story was a struggle to finish, there were just so many issues. 

To begin with, there is no way that any police department would allow the sister of a murder victim to investigate said murder. Not even as an "attachment" or a "partner" to the lead investigator. 

Secondly, I never felt any real depth to these characters. Victoria is meant to be one of the "best homicide detectives in Chicago", but she felt so incredibly one dimensional and... well stupid if we're being honest. She never questions certain actions, never takes a deeper look at things that are said, or how people are acting. And her whole "relationship" with Steve was downright laughable. We are told over and over that she doesn't "do" relationships due to a past trauma involving her father (that is hinted at, but never goes into detail about), but suddenly a guy she knew from her past looks at her sideways and she's smitten with him? 

It seems all of the characters suffered this same ailment; there was nothing that made them stand out. The mother was described as a bitter and manipulative woman who can't be bothered to postpone the funeral of one child until the other can arrive. Most of the men (aside from Steve of course) are portrayed as stalkers, or having nefarious purposes, and little of the plot makes sense as the book is written in a disjointed type of way. 

This one wasn't for me, but if the synopsis peaks your interest, please don't let this stop you from giving it a try. What didn't work for me might just work for you.

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of this novel from the publisher. 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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