Ever Told by Benjamin Bremasi

ever told
Ever Told
by Benjamin Bremasi

Mystery/Murder

178 Pages

Published 29th of August 2018

Purchase from | Amazon AU | Amazon UK | Amazon US

My rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

I received a copy of this book from the author via Book Sirens in exchange for an honest review.

Actual rating 3.5

Detective Jill Jennson is called to a murder, one that doesn’t quite make sense. While on a family vacation, a husband and wife were slain in their beds, in a locked room. Tension runs high and the remaining family are suspects, especially when Detective Jennson begins to be stalked and harassed. As the case progresses, secrets and lies begin to unravel, and Jill and her partner are racing against the clock to solve the mystery before Jill is the one who ends up dead. Is her mysterious stalker related to the homicide case she’s working? Or have they come back from the past?

I love a good murder mystery, and this one didn’t disappoint. Though for it’s short length, 178 pages, it felt like it took me quite a while to get through. I’m not sure if this was a pacing problem, or if it was just life getting in the way, again. I did feel like the story was dragging at times, but I’m not 100% sure whether it was me or the book.

The mystery was incredibly well thought out, though I had a few things figured out relatively early on, however, just because I had worked out somethings, didn’t mean that the surprises were ruined for me. There was something else that I didn’t figure out completely, and the revelation at the reveal actually made me say “oh my god…how clever”. I don’t want to go into too much detail because I feel like that’s how I thought the story had been ruined for me, I’d read reviews that eluded to a twist, and I thought I’d figured it out, but I didn’t spend a lot of time while reading TRYING to figure it out. I feel like it’s better going into this story just knowing that the big reveal really makes it much better than I anticipated it to be.

The characters were fine, they neither stood out nor faded into the background for me. I did enjoy the banter between Jill and Caiden, her partner, and I liked the little added thing of Jill’s clinical OCD, I feel like the author captured the reality of what OCD is, though to be honest, I do not live with clinical OCD, so I could be completely off about this. I just felt like it was explained a bit better than you normally see in novels.

The story is told from a few different time periods, they tend to alternate chapters, one part of the story is told in the past – before the murders, the other part is told in the present – after the murders, and there’s a small section that is told in the future. I don’t feel like the timeline was muddied at all by the alternating chapters, though I found it could take a moment to switch mindset and be prepared for which time period the story was being told.

The writing was good, though I did notice a couple of errors that another round of editing would have picked up, it wasn’t a deal a breaker, it didn’t really take much away from the story at all for me.

All in all, this was a murder mystery with a reveal that actually surprised me. I thought I had it all worked out but there was one detail that I missed. I applaud Bremasi for his clever story and I will definitely be revisiting this author.

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