Is there anyone who isn’t in love with Stephanie Carovella? ~ Jase from Nowhere to Run
In a nutshell – No!
Recently, I purchased a copy of Nina D’Angelo’s Nowhere to Run. It’s a fast-paced crime thriller that grabbed my attention from the very onset. When I heard the author was doing a blog tour, I just knew I had to sign up!
Before I start my review, I have just one thing to say: BUY THIS BOOK! I haven’t read anything this engaging for a very long time!
However, if you hang around and read my review, you can enter the giveaway which means you can go into the draw to win an eBook version of Nowhere to Run!
A dominatrix is murdered; her body displayed in a show of dominance. An actress is found dead beneath the Hollywood sign. There’s a murderer roaming the streets of Los Angeles and he’s having far too much fun to stop. Stephanie Carovella is a woman of fire and ice. She left her career, her friends and her home town of LA but she couldn’t outrun the demons of her past. When she is lured back by the death of her best friend she enters a world where no one’s safe. Can Stephanie find her friend’s killer or will she discover that she has nowhere to run?
Without further delay, here is my review…
Author Nina D’Angelo’s debut novel, Nowhere to Run, starts right in the heart of the action – a girl is being attacked by what appears to be a maniac. Right away, you connect with this poor soul as she takes matters into her own hands and attempts to fight back.
Already, you are finding yourself in the midst of a thrilling murder mystery that is filled to the brim with a multitude of twists and turns. But you won’t have to worry about getting confused as the story draws you in and makes you fall in love with each and every character. The author even crafts delicate backstories for the secondary characters. Without feeling the weight of too much information, you are caught hook, line and sinker in the midst of this story before you even know it’s a trap!
I tried really hard to find faults with this book. I actually hate to bring a review to the table that is filled with nothing but praise. So once I realised how much I loved this story, I went searching for the seedy underside…
At worst, all I could find was the semi-regular overuse of the same words. So, for a reader who is not an author, this probably won’t even be noticeable. For someone who writes, yes, you will find the odd repeated word peppered within paragraphs here and there. But it is seriously nothing to complain about and it certainly doesn’t detract from the storyline, so don’t give up on it just because of that tiny flaw.
There are perspective jumps from character to character in Nowhere to Run. While some people may be a stickler for time breaks to denote this, at no time do you feel confused as to who is speaking, thinking or acting.
Also, there was the occasional missed word or capitalised word that didn’t need it. Once again, don’t worry too much about these, there is no detraction from the story because of them. I only noticed them because I was desperately looking for something to add to make this a fair-sided review.
Really, that’s ALL I could find. Now back to the good stuff.
So, Stephanie Carovella finds out that her friend is murdered and returns to LA for the funeral. She also has a secondary motive – to catch the killer. Carovella has a dark past, and with this story being the first in a series, it seems she’ll have a just as murky future as well!
We discover all her university friends, quite literally the only family she has, and so unfolds the complicated backstory of the main character. While I am not a big romance buff, I must say, the way D’Angelo handles the love triangle in this novel is just outstanding. In the very midst of being scared out of your wits as characters you have fallen in love with are murdered around you, there is this amazing love story unfurling. It’s messy and perhaps more one-sided than anyone wants to admit, but the author weaves it into the story in such a way I have never seen happen in a crime thriller before. While you are grieving for the loss of loved characters, you are also rooting for Stephanie to find love again!
At times, I found some of the characters and situations a little stereotypical for the genre, but, once more, the author is a gem at what she does and works these stereotypes into the story with such skill that it is barely noticeable. In fact, I would even go so far as to say, they worked better because the characters and situations are what you expect. It is the one thing grounding you as you enjoy this crazy, awesome ride!
Throughout the book – usually just when you are thinking you have a hold on who the killer is – the author expertly drops in his perspective to throw you off track. The delicious taunts from this maniacal murderer heighten your sense of paranoia and panic. It gives you a sense of always feeling like you are on the edge of remembering who he really is.
Finally, at the very end of Nowhere to Run after the discovery of the murderer – you find yourself wanting to immediately turn back to page one and start all over again to pick up all the subtle clues left behind that you missed.
I am giving Nowhere to Run by Nina D’Angelo 5 out of 5 stars. Make sure you set aside a decent stretch of time so you can read this book all in one sitting!
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