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Reviewed by Kim Anisi for Readers' Favorite
Amy Frost, the protagonist of the psychological thriller Frost by Sam Neumann, had to rethink the path her life was taking more than once. After her dream of being a stand-up comedian falls flat on its nose after a promising start, Amy finds herself back home, living with her mother and working as a waitress to keep her head above water. During one of her shifts, a special customer turns up: an older man, Arnold Dooley, who was the main suspect in the murder of his own wife with an ax. Even though he was judged “innocent”, most people still believe him to be the murderer, and nobody wants anything to do with him. Amy offers to take the table as clearly nobody wants to serve him. This action and her civil behavior start a sequence of events that will change her life in a dangerous way because when she starts to research who really killed Dooley’s wife, the killer starts to show interest in Amy, too. And being in the spotlight of a killer isn’t a good thing.
I found Frost by Sam Neumann to be an interesting read with a couple of characters whose stories are worth being told. It is a story that shows how quick people are when it comes to judging others negatively, even if there’s a lack of evidence. It also shows how the stigma of being accused of murder will stay with someone forever, especially when the truth never comes out. To me, the burden Dooley had to live with was one of the interesting parts of the plot and I hope it will make some people think about their own judgements and how they might be wrong about something. The plot was exciting, but not too nerve-wracking. It was still a pleasant read even though the themes were rather disturbing. Amy came across as a rounded, well-written character and handled her adventure quite well. I was surprised about where the story went. Frost turned out to be an entertaining and interesting read with quite a few unexpected twists.