Wednesday, September 24, 2014

G408 Book Review of Behind You by Carly M Duncan

Name of Book: Behind You

Author: Carly M Duncan

ISBN: 9781494387938

Publisher: Createspace

Type of book: Mystery, thriller, sins, adultery, who did it? motive, secret, 2000s

Year it was published: 2014


When a mysterious attack lands Heather in the hospital on the brink of death, her family rushes to her side. Through an inconvenient maze of shadowed memory and family secrets, Heather can trust only herself to discover if her husband, parents, sister or aunt tried to kill her. During the course of their own narratives, each character confesses to their various crimes of passion, envy and ignorance, weaving Heather's mystery into an untraditional tale about seizing the opportunity to start over.​


For me personally, the characters are more of told than show, and I barely got to know any of them. I'll do my best to make the characters as spoiler free as I can. Heather is the main character, and on the surface she appears to have an ideal life until that attack. There is also Elizabeth, Heather's older sister who has secrets of her own and she seems to be commitment phobic and is resentful of Heather. Steven is the husband who also has his own secrets and is caught in a limbo between decisions he has to make. Katherine is the aunt that Elizabeth worships and just like Elizabeth Katherine has her own reasons for not having a family. Susan and Richard are the parents who have their own pasts to deal with.


History/sins repeat itself


The story was written in first person narrative from multiple point of views, that of Heather, Steven who happens to be Heather's husband, Elizabeth who is Heather's older sister, Katherine who is Heather's aunt, Susan who is Heather's mother and Richard, Heather's father. There is warning to when point of view switches, but I didn't really sense that a lot of character development went into the story, and the dark secrets as well as characters sounded alike.

Author Information:
(from the kit)

Carly M. Duncan is a television producer by day and a writer whenever there is time. Her first short story was published when she was in high school after a writing group prompted her to begin blogging before it was cool. Carly’s debut novel, Marcie, was released in 2013. Though she’ll forever be a California girl at heart, she now lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband, two children and beloved Westie.

Her latest book is Behind You.
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Its true enough that this is an untraditional mystery of who attacked Heather and why, but I have to admit that I wished the characters would have different motives instead of what seemed to be the same motives as well as the same secret. I really do like the idea, but the execution of the story wasn't very well done. I also had some trouble with character voices which didn't sound very distinguishable for me.

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This is for Pump Up Your Book

3 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)

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