Yes, I’m here for my stop for the blog tour hosted by The Write Reads. Today’s featured book is called “The Friday Edition” by Betta Ferrendelli. What a title, right? I really love the title and is one that made me excited to read this book, and of course to review it.
So what is this book about?
TITLE: The Friday Edition
BY: Betta Ferrendelli
SERIES: Samantha Church Mystery #1
GENRE: Mystery, Crime, Suspense
Christmas is coming to Denver, Colorado, but it isn’t only snow that’s falling.
A beautiful young woman, who also happens to be a Truman County Assistant DA, tumbles from her apartment balcony to her death on Christmas Eve.
The incident is ruled a suicide, but the DA’s sister, newspaper reporter Samantha Church, isn’t buying it.
Feverishly Samantha throws herself into finding out what really happened to her sister. She pursues her sister’s killers, maneuvering through a minefield of intrigue deliberately set out to divert her from the truth. She invariably stumbles when confronted by the inescapable specter of a greater enemy: the alcohol dependency that has already cost her the respect of her peers, and, worse, custody of her daughter.
Samantha must summon the courage to face not only a cartel of criminals, but also her own demons. Physically threatened and betrayed, she nearly defeats herself through her own insecurities and fears. She not only must summon the courage to get beyond her own shortcomings, but she must work quickly to beat her nemesis – a reporter at the major metropolitan daily newspaper, who is also in close pursuit of the developing story.
Can Samantha ultimately prevail, write the biggest story of her career, and finally begin to change her life before it is too late?
I’m a fan of this genre. I grew up reading this genre. I think I couldn’t help it because the first ever book, full novel, I’ve ever read is written by John Grisham but then in the past few years, my love for mysteries, crime and suspense wane. Why am I telling you this? Well, because I want you to know that this year, I’m trying to fall in love with this genre again and that I AM SO GLAD, I am part of this blog tour.
The Friday Edition is one of those classic whodunnit mysteries that makes you helpless. Helpless because once you start it, you have no choice but to keep going, because you want to know everything. You want to dig all the secrets of the plot, you want to unmask every character introduced — one reason is because you know one of them is a killer. When you accomplish all of these, only then will you have closure.
In this book, however, I was more inclined into the second reason — the characters. I usually guess who the killer is, or at least who are responsible for the crime, in mysteries and it’s what happened in The Friday Edition. All the reveals and twists weren’t surprising to me. What made me invested in the story is the main character.
Samantha Church is an alcoholic reporter. Right from the very beginning, I didn’t like her and for that reason, I kept reading until the end. That doesn’t make sense, I know but obviously, Samantha has a past and I wanted to know that. She’s so not in her mind, she’s not a good mother, and I don’t trust her at all. Even when she takes it upon herself to solve the mystery of her sister’s death which was ruled as suicide, I couldn’t trust her action. I feel like, she’ll ruin everything rather than help or solve anything, but she proved me wrong. And despite my dislike of her, I do understand where she’s coming from. Her past is twisted, so twisted, that you can understand why she became the person she is now. And I do want to to know what she will be by the end of the story and YES, second book must be better.
That said, it’s a bit shame that I was more curious about the main character’s personal life rather than the crime and mystery themselves. In some way, that’s great but let’s not forget the main genre of the book. This is, before anything else about a crime, a mystery, a suspense, the personal life of the main character should just be secondary. It doesn’t help that there few inconsistencies in the plot too.
Still, I’m glad I got invested in the persona of Samantha and for me, that’s enough to pick up this book. I’m contented on how the author handled the depth of being an alcoholic person, how can alcohol really ruin your life, and the psychology behind it. I must say good job for the author on handling this subject.
RATING: 3 Blissful Pages with Lilies
Finally, even though I gave this book a lower rating than I expected, I still think it’s amazing that I got invested to reading it by disliking a character. That’s something, isn’t it? But yeah, Sam somehow grow on me.
Have you read this book? Are you familiar with it? Any recommendation in the same genre? Let’s chat?