And the murderer is… – Book review for NetGalley – Searching for Irene by Marlene Bateman

35498121 Searching for Irene

What happened to Irene?

When Anna Coughlin, a modern 1920’s woman, travels to the secluded hills of Virginia to work for wealthy Lawrence Richardson, she discovers that the previous secretary, Irene, has mysteriously disappeared. Upon arriving at the castle-like mansion, Anna finds that Lawrence’s handsome, but antagonistic son, Tyler, wants nothing more than to have her gone. And he isn’t the only one—

Caught up in a maze of intrigue in a tormented and troubled household, Anna sets out to find the truth behind Irene’s disappearance. She is helped—and often hindered—by the temperamental Tyler Richardson, who—despite her best intentions—begins to steal her heart. 

But even as Anna begins to uncover dark secrets, she must continue to hide a significant one of her own. Then, her life is threatened, and Anna is left to wonder if she’ll be able to unravel the mystery before she disappears as mysteriously as the unfortunate Irene


In a sentence? Synopsis of this book is much better than the book itself.

I chose this book for its synopsis, even overlooking the fact that this novel was in Chistian section…

If it is Chirsitan and the main character is such a devoted Christian why does she lie so much? How can she? Honestly, what a joke…

The rest just follows. There are two many characters. There are too many lapses. There are too many predictable moments throughout the book.

I guessed who the murderer was from very early on. Then, the book lost its appeal completely.

The setting is nice. The idea is interesting. The timing, the dynamic, the development are too made up and prolongued.

If you have nothing better in your TBR pile, have a go.


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