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Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite
Carly Taylor's life changed horribly when a mad stalker, James Andres, moved into the house next door. Lisa Gibbins, Carly’s cousin, tried to help her by confronting Andres in a club. When she left, that was the last time Carly or anyone saw her. Next thing she knew, Andres murdered Carly’s family in front of her eyes and abducted her. Carly, however, got her revenge in the end and killed him. Now in police custody, Carly refuses to reveal the location of Andres’s body, not until she can find the missing Lisa. An interview with a journalist named Vanessa St. John might be the only way to save her cousin.
Carly by D.M. Wolfenden is a blend of mystery crime and psychological horror. The way the story is told through an interview between Carly and Vanessa in a stark room made the reading filled with anticipation. There’s enough tension when the wounded but tough Carly tells her story, her emotion changing from time to time, each mood matching the events that she’s describing to the older woman. Vanessa proves herself to be a good listener but occasionally makes mistakes that anger her interviewee. So how’s the young woman going to save her cousin? The plot twist that awaits the reader is deftly done, one that I failed to guess even though I pride myself on being a fan of crime mystery reads. It’s a shame that readers don’t get to see the story through Vanessa’s perspective - it would have added a bit more suspense. That said, this is a good short read from Wolfenden.