No More Bad Days

Fiction - Mystery - Murder
270 Pages
Reviewed on 05/31/2022
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Author Biography

From the boardroom to life off-grid, Lindsey Whitaker left her tech career to author twisted thriller No More Bad Days.

Whitaker left her successful career in tech to live minimally and focus on a life that facilitates creativity and the arts.

Thriller obsessed, she also has a recurring role on HBOs true crime series: Love and Death, staring Elizabeth Olsen, Lily Rabe and Jesse Plemons.

While working in tech, she was a skilled inventor. Whitaker holds several patents, including one for hair straightener and curling irons that can be turned off from anywhere!

    Book Review

Reviewed by Viga Boland for Readers' Favorite

No More Bad Days by Lindsey Whitaker is a “full-speed-ahead” story, with its engaging presentation of the perplexing details surrounding the discovery of the lower half of a beautiful young woman’s body in a suitcase. Where is the rest of her body? Who is she? And most importantly, who hacked her in half? As the tough, no-nonsense Detective Hall begins her investigation, aided by rookie cop, Alex Diaz, the most obvious suspects are boyfriends…and the victim had several of them over the space of a few years. As readers race through the pages, any one of the boyfriends is a good possibility, but semen DNA points to the least likely of them. Something’s just not right here! Besieged by Jessica, an annoying reporter wanting a scoop, Hall’s frustration doubles when the reporter receives a couple of anonymous tips about the murder. Who is feeding the reporter information and why? Should Hall even give Jessica a chance?

Lindsey Whitaker does a marvelous job of keeping readers glued to the pages as she skilfully slips into the victim’s past, bringing her alive between interviews with her best girlfriend and each boyfriend. Whitaker takes us inside Detective Hall’s head as she analyses clues, rejects ideas, and considers other explanations. And when the identity of the murderer is finally revealed, everyone, including readers, is shocked. The killer is the least likely suspect, but the killer’s past and motivations for this murder are almost more gruesome than the murder itself. As the dust settles on No More Bad Days, through Detective Hall’s reflections Whitaker addresses the long-term effects of child abuse and neglect. These post-conclusion musings once again invite readers to examine the age-old quandary of nature vs nurture. Which one led the murderer in No More Bad Days to commit such a despicable crime? Another absorbing murder mystery, with realistic characters and plenty of emotional appeal to leave you thinking.

Trudi LoPreto

No More Bad Days by Lindsey Whitaker is a combination of mystery, murder, and suspense from the opening pages until the killer is revealed and the case is closed. The lead detective is a woman named Kimberly Hall, who picks Alex Diaz, a man fairly new to detective work, to be her right-hand man. When a suitcase is found with only a piece of a body inside, Hall and Diaz have to use all their training and grit to find answers, the rest of the body, and most importantly, the person responsible. They soon learn that the victim is a young girl and begin the investigation, interviewing friends, boyfriends, family, and acquaintances. The case becomes even more complicated when each one of those interviewed sends them in a new direction and raises more questions.

No More Bad Days was action-packed and the last half of the book had me changing my mind several times about who I suspected to be the killer. Detective Hall was the brains and was the teacher, while Detective Diaz made several mistakes along the way but was a quick learner. The plot was realistic and what kept me interested was the introduction of both likable and less pleasant characters. Lindsey Whitaker has given us a strong and smart woman detective who hopefully has a long future ahead with many more cases to solve. Her book fulfills all the requirements of murder, suspense, and mystery filled with twists and turns for all fans of this genre.

Alma Boucher

In No More Bad Days by Lindsey Whitaker, a kayak instructor finds a large pink suitcase washed up on the shoreline. On closer inspection, he finds the legs and partial torso of a woman’s body neatly packed inside. The body was skillfully dismembered, indicating that the killer knew what he was doing. Detective Kimberly Hall requested Alex Diaz, who has no experience in murder cases, to be her partner. They must first solve the mystery of who their victim was before they can find her killer. Kimberly has confidence that Alex has what it takes to help her solve this case. The victim was estranged from her family and her relationships and friendships were difficult. The list of possible suspects grows as Hall and Diaz investigate the victim’s past.

No More Bad Days by Lindsey Whitaker was fascinating from the beginning, holding my attention and keeping me engrossed. I just kept turning the pages and could not put it down. The plot was complicated and exciting. There were so many twists and turns and I never knew what to expect next. The story was fast-paced and the many surprises had me guessing until the very end. Whitaker’s writing was engaging and there was so much action with never a dull moment. The characters were well developed with complex relationships between them. Communication with deaf people was well researched, which I noticed in the sign language exchanges between Diaz and his deaf fiancée. This is an action-packed thriller for all crime and suspense lovers.