What is this about: The murder of Audrey Marshall and the men who are all suspects and who all orbit Kate Priddy, a new transplant to the US and the building on an apartment exchange with her cousin… who could very well be the killer.
What else is this about?: Kate and Corbin and their pasts. Despite the blurb, Corbin has a prominent role in this story, to the point that I wondered why he wasn’t mentioned in the blurb.
Stars: 2.5. Maybe 3?
Blurb: Growing up, Kate Priddy was always a bit neurotic, experiencing momentary bouts of anxiety that exploded into full-blown panic attacks after an ex-boyfriend kidnapped her and nearly ended her life. When Corbin Dell, a distant cousin in Boston, suggests the two temporarily swap apartments, Kate, an art student in London, agrees, hoping that time away in a new place will help her overcome the recent wreckage of her life.
Soon after her arrival at Corbin’s grand apartment on Beacon Hill, Kate makes a shocking discovery: his next-door neighbor, a young woman named Audrey Marshall, has been murdered. When the police question her about Corbin, a shaken Kate has few answers, and many questions of her own—curiosity that intensifies when she meets Alan Cherney, a handsome, quiet tenant who lives across the courtyard, in the apartment facing Audrey’s. Alan saw Corbin surreptitiously come and go from Audrey’s place, yet he’s denied knowing her. Then, Kate runs into a tearful man claiming to be the dead woman’s old boyfriend, who insists Corbin did the deed the night that he left for London.
When she reaches out to her cousin, he proclaims his innocence and calms her nerves–until she comes across disturbing objects hidden in the apartment and accidentally learns that Corbin is not where he says he is. Could Corbin be a killer? What about Alan? Kate finds herself drawn to this appealing man who seems so sincere, yet she isn’t sure. Jet-lagged and emotionally unstable, her imagination full of dark images caused by the terror of her past, Kate can barely trust herself, so how could she take the chance on a stranger she’s just met?
Kate, after having an endured a terrible experience with an abusive ex, takes a leap and goes on an apartment exchange with a cousin she’s never met. It all seems to be going well, and Kate actually feels guilty for having only a small apartment for Corbin to go to, when she discovers he might be escaping being caught for Audrey Marshall’s murder.
From the blurb, you’d think this was a story about Kate, but it’s actually about Corbin too. Which would have been all good and well, if his chapters didn’t hit me upside the head just as I was beginning to get into Kate’s – and I picked this book up because I thought it was Kate’s mystery to solve. I wish I could say Corbin’s importance twisted things around for me and reset the narrative, but it really didn’t. I wanted to see Kate evolve, to see her grow.
I guess, I’m apathetic towards this. Too many characters taking up too many pages that should have been Kate’s. I’m not convinced this author handled ALL the characters well, and no, not just Kate and Corbin.