{Review} Read Me Dead

Read Me Dead
by Emerald Barnes
Publisher: Emerald Barnes
Publication date: April 25, 2012
Genre: YA, Thriller
My rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars

Alexia Wheaton’s problems go beyond picking a dress and a date for homecoming.

For seven years, Alex has lived with a painful memory – her parents’ horrific murder. As the sole witness, she has kept quiet to protect herself, but when the local newspaper reveals her secret, Alex is plagued with fear that her parents’ murderer will soon find her – and silence her forever.

Alex is catapulted into a race against time to save her own life and bring her parents’ murderer to justice.

I was extremely disappointed with Read Me Dead. There were so many four and five star reviews on GoodReads that I thought for sure this was going to be a great book. The story had a lot of potential and I think that is the only reason I continued reading to the end. The writing was disappointing; very mundane and repetitive. I understand this was a self-published book, but the grammatical errors were difficult to overlook after a while. I am also not a huge fan of a first person, present tense writing style. A book has to be exceptionally brilliant to pull that off, and this book was obviously not successful.

I didn’t quite get into the book until about page one hundred, and even then the story took forever to really get anywhere. I was annoyed by the protagonist, Alexia Wheaton. I believe the author meant for her to be someone you feel sorry for while reading the book, but I just kept thinking, “Will she ever stop whining?” I almost got to the point where I wanted the murderer to find her and kill her. Sad to say, but my opinion of books is always going to be honest. This is not a book I would highly recommend.

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Follower of Jesus, loving wife, homeschooling mom, blogger, author, gamer, and a lover of the culinary arts. Toni lives in Michigan with her husband and four children. If she's not writing or curled up with a book, you'll most likely find her playing with her kids, baking cupcakes, or killing zombies.