Thank you to St. Martins Press for sending me a free copy in exchange for a review!
The Homewreckers marks the second book I’ve read by Mary Kay Andrews (the first being The Santa Suit) and I am glad to say that I enjoyed this one a heck of a lot more than the first. I took a risk picking this up in the middle of a massive reading slump (the last three books I read just did NOT work for me), and I was pleasantly surprised by how well this HGTV knock off storyline lured me in and kept me flipping all 435 pages.
Here are 4 things I liked about THE HOMEWRECKERS:
- This book had a good mix of character development and background, plot moving storyline, and some mystery mixed in. There was just enough of each aspect to keep me invested and not so much that it felt like overkill (for instance, I never felt like we were getting too into the nitty gritty about, say, painting the cabinets in the house, or something). It kept moving!
- The setting on Tybee Island made this the quintessential summer read, with descriptions of hot, humid air and a beachy backdrop. I will have to make her future books always be on the docket for the warm months, because this was just perfect.
- The main character, Hattie Kavenaugh, was likable and endearing, and carried her own in a mostly male dominated industry (contracting work). We also got to see her have to struggle through some very human things, like grieving her husband, feeling torn on being attracted to someone new, and making poor financial decisions.
- I love some true crime, so the whole solving a cold case situation really was the icing on the cake for me! So much fun to read and wasn’t so heavy that it felt scary. I think anyone could read it without having nightmares.
My biggest drawback to this one happens in the last 75 pages or so, and I don’t want to spoil that, but it wasn’t a huge deal. I still really enjoyed the reading experience and will definitely read more books by MKA!