Fatal Impulse by Lori L. Robinett *Review
Posted by brriske
by Lori L. Robinett
GENRE: Mystery (Cozy)
Did Andi Adams murder her husband?
Andi is married to a handsome, charismatic man. He’s a successful pillar of their cozy island community. She’s a beautiful young wife devoted to him. From the outside, their life appears perfect.
But on the inside, she is constantly on edge, trying to keep him happy so she won’t suffer scathing words that hurt just as much as the occasional sharp blow from him.
Then she snaps. His abuse pushes her too far. In the blink of an eye, she becomes a widow and finds herself inextricably entwined in the web of lies he wove in the months before his death. Her small town neighbors whisper behind her back, as if the sensational death of her husband is the subject of a pulp novel. When a blackmailer threatens to expose her as a murderer, she must piece together her husband’s life to find the key to her own freedom.
Fatal Impulse is the first in an intriguing new mystery series, where each widow faces challenges that threaten to destroy her just as she begins to find her strength.
She tried to focus on the words, but simply couldn’t. Instead, her thoughts turned to the insurance policy Chad had insisted they buy. Everywhere she looked, she saw bills. The gleaming casket. The concrete vault in the ground. The tent flapping overhead. The gravediggers waiting discreetly behind a stand of oak trees. Worry niggled at her. How would she survive without Chad? People milled around, then the crowd drifted away from the tent in small groups. Andi wanted to leave, but was anchored in place by mourners paying their respects.
Off to the side, Detective Johnson stood by himself, his feet planted shoulder width apart and his thick hands clasped in front of him. His gray suit looked as if it had been purchased off the rack at Sears, and the front of his jacket didn’t meet. His eyes were hidden behind dark glasses, but Andi could feel him staring at her.
The Towne Car waited, and Andi escaped to it as quickly as possible, winding her way through mourners who watched her with sad eyes. The cop stepped into her path. Before he could utter a word, the limo driver slipped between them and took Andi’s elbow. She got into the car, and her mother followed.
Martha yanked the door shut and frowned, “That was rude. Why would he do such a thing?”
Andi shrugged. She stared out the tinted window and watched the detective walk away, his gait stiff. Dana walked past and Andi waved, but her best friend continued on, talking with a short, curvy woman with strawberry blonde hair who worked at the library. She had never felt so alone.
As they drove off, and Martha talked about how nice everyone was, Andi glanced back and watched as they lowered the polished casket into the ground.
I received a copy of this book from the author and Romance Authors That Rock, in exchange for an honest review. The genre of this book is not romance. I’d call it a drama/mystery. The plot had me curious and piqued my interests. The main character Andi is a broken woman because of her husband Chad and the author takes you on a ride revolving around secrets, lies, and scandal. I didn’t care much for Andi’s character, at least not by the time I made it half way into the book. I felt bad for her, but her naïve demeanor drove me bonkers. For a woman who was conditioned to keep things in perfect order such as alphabetizing canned goods in the pantry, she was constantly oblivious to her surroundings and the people around her. I actually liked her best friend Dana much better. Andi did redeem herself in my eyes by the end of the story though.
The story was well written and well edited. My only critique would be that it was over detailed. Don’t get me wrong, details are important so a reader can use their imagination. It’s what makes reading enjoyable, at least for me it does. But there are many, many, scenes that have every single detail mapped out, therefore inhibiting a reader’s imagination. I like basics so I can build a picture in my mind’s eye. An example of over detailing- one part took up three pages where they were driving and every single direction was given, plus details of what the scenery was- they went left, they turned right, then this way and that way, so on and so on. It was like someone giving you directions to follow. Those three pages could be cut out and have simply said they drove from point A to point B, and it wouldn’t have affected the story in any way. The drive was significant to the story, but the detailed directions were not. The over indulgence of detail was definitely a bit much and made the book drag. For me the beginning was good, the middle was so very slow and actually it took me an effort to push through it, and then the ending picked up. Taking into consideration- the plot, characters, writing, editing- Overall I give this book (4) hearts. I’d recommend this book for YA and up. There isn’t any explicit content, but I don’t think young readers would fare well with the emotional content. This is a story of struggle, loss, betrayal, and growth.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Lori lives in rural central Missouri with her husband and daughter. One very spoiled Miniature Schnauzer and Miniature Beagle allow Lori and her husband to live in their house, and the outside is patrolled by BK (short for Barn Kitty) and Patches (a sweet tom cat stray that missed his calling as a lap cat). She can often be found bouncing through rough gravel roads in her lifted yellow Jeep named Daisy.
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