Published November 2015
Series: Deanna Madden #3
Genres: Dark Romance, Romantic Suspense
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The rules are the same. I can't open the door. I can't leave. I can't kill anyone.
The only difference is, I don't set the rules anymore. Guards in grey uniforms do. It is everything I never wanted and everything I always deserved. I write to you now, from a prison cell. My home for the next twenty to thirty years.
That's the going term for murder.
First and foremost, you have to know that If You Dare is not a standalone, but book #3 in the Deanna Madden series, which you definitely need to read in order to understand the circumstances under the main character Deanna Madden. If you haven’t, please do not read on, otherwise you might be exposed tu huge spoilers.
Deanna Madden is a self-proclaimed psycho- and sociopath and has locked herself away from the world in order to prevent herself from causing anyone harm. She spends her days in her Tulsa apartment, waiting for supply deliveries and earning big bucks the only possible way: by entertaining her adult webcam alter-ego Jessica Riley.
In the previous books, we’ve witnessed Deanna get closer to her UPS delivery guy Jeremy Pacer. He’s the only individual that she ever let into her apartment, and the only person apparently able to appease her killer instincts. It felt like he was the key for her to lead a normal life. However, in If You Dare, Deanna is being accused of murder – was she the murderer, and if so, why would she have done it?
“And therein lay the problem. There was a strong possibility that Jeremy was in love with a psychopath.”
Well, let me start by saying that If You Dare is by far the most suspenseful and thrilling novel I’ve read. It definitely deserves a place within my All-Time Faves and 2015 Best Reads. It’s so good I can’t even write a proper review because I would spoil it all for you. Just let me tell you that this book is a roller-coaster of emotions and of second guessing your judgement. I couldn’t put the book down because I refused to believe Deanna’s fate would be sealed and end her in a prison cell.
“Yeah, I’d like to be normal too. I’d like to walk outside and not try to kill someone. I’d like to pick a boyfriend out of choices, not because he’s the only person in three years who hadn’t run screaming or died beneath my hands.”
The writing was, as always, just perfect. Alessandra Torre’s writing style never disappoints and is executed in a way that will make it impossible for you to lose interest, and in a way that makes the book more mysterious than ever. In If You Dare, the reader gets to experience not only Deanna’s POV, but also Jeremy’s, the PD officer’s and Deanna’s “partner in crime” Mike. Every page and chapter are filled with additional tidbits that will keep you second guessing your assumptions. Did Deanna really do it? Why? Maybe it was someone else, but what would be their motives? In other words, it was the perfect thriller. Especially since Deanna, who used to be such a though cookie, is now faced with a completely different scenario – one that isn’t planned – and clearly has to face her limits.
Throughout the book, I was rooting for a happy-ending for Deanna – for her to have a shot at normal life. I wasn’t exactly rewarded with a HEA at the end of the book, but I have hope that the Deanna Madden series will continue, and that there might be light at the end of the tunnel. Well, in any case, the next Deanna Madden novel will be on auto-buy for me.
|All the feels|