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ARC Review – Baggage by S.G. Redling

ARC Review – Baggage by S.G. RedlingBaggage by S.G. Redling
Published by Thomas & Mercer on February 9th 2016
Genres: Thriller, Mystery
Pages: 229
Source: Netgalley, Publicist

I received this book for free from Netgalley, Publicist in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


Over the years, terrible things keep happening to Anna Ray on February 17. First, there was the childhood trauma she’s never been able to speak about. Then, to her horror, her husband killed himself on that date.
A year later and a thousand miles away, Anna tries to find solace in the fresh start of a new job in a new place. She takes comfort in her outspoken cousin Jeannie, the confidant and best friend who’s there whenever she needs help. On the day of the dreaded anniversary, Anna and Jeannie hit the town, planning to ease the pain with an alcohol-induced stupor and then sleep.…
When Anna awakes the next morning, she thinks she can put one more February 17 behind her, but fate is about to intervene in the form of two gruesome murders with eerie similarities to her violent past. This time, however, she won’t be an abandoned daughter or a grieving widow. This time, she’ll be a suspect.

Anna Ray is trying to survive the wretched week that holds the doomed date of February 17th. The day her husband died. She moved thousands of miles away to grieve in peace. Her well-laid plans of surviving the trauma through drunken binges is interrupted when she is shown affection from a professor at the college she is working at. When he ends up dead on the same day her husband killed himself, Anna is drawn into a web of suspense that endangers her and her beloved cousin Jeanine who is there to comfort in this trying time.

In ” An Oyster Shell –  A book that I would not recommend for a few reasons. It had a slow start and an unempathetic character that was impossible to connect with.

The Pearls –  The suspense built nicely after the first part of the book.

There was great continuity with tragedies of Anna’s life. The relationship between Anna and her cousin Jeanine was a great sub-plot in the book. Both elements held the story together well.

The ending was fairly unexpected which is one tell of a good thriller.

The Sand – I really wanted to put this book down the first 25% of the book is very boring. The main character Anna is a sad sack with no redeeming qualities. Anna’s lack of luster for life bleeds into disconnect with the reader. The novel overall was dark and nearly hopeless. Until the very last sentence.

2.5 Pearls

2.5 Stars

About S.G. Redling

S.G. Redling, a graduate of Georgetown University, has spent fifteen years waking up the good folks of Huntington WV and its environs on the WKEE-FM morning radio show. She recently wound up her headphones for the last time and is focusing on thrillers, mysteries and urban fantasy. When S.G. isn’t writing (don’t tell Christine Witthohn!) she loves to paint, travel and embarrass herself by speaking wretched Italian.

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