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    Highly recommended

    A very good thriller, engrossing and entertaining. I appreciated the well crafted plot, the character development and the setting. It was a good reading experience and I hope to be able to read other suspence by this author. Highly recommended. Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this arc, all opinions are mine
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    Fast paced thriller

    Desolate Shores is the 1st book I've read from Daryl Wood Gerber. I was really impressed by the writting style, how easily it flows to the very last chapter. The character interactions are great. I'm definitely going to look more into this author. Rating 3
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    Not a cozy, but so close

    Desolate Shores by Daryl Wood Gerber is billed as suspense but it is really one step beyond a cozy, which is not a bad thing. Aspen Adams is an ex-child psychologist, current process server/PI-in-training and she has just discovered the dead body of her best friend, Vikki, lying on the beach. Still recovering from the unsolved murders of her parents years ago, she can't find it in her heart to trust the police, so she sets out to investigate on her own. Her aunt Max, for whom she works, is directing her search for the murderer. Her friends Gwen and Karen are relatively supportive, although Karen is a member of the police force and constantly worried about being showed up and Gwen has her own issues. To compound matters, Aspen's drug-addicted sister drops off her daughter, Candace, to spend a week with Aspen, or so she says. This is totally a character driven story and that character is Aspen. She definitely has a past and her own hang-ups but between Candace and Vikki she holds it together admirably and continues to investigate. The whole thing takes place in Lake Tahoe, in the winter, and the characters in the scenario continue to surprise Aspen as she searches for a murderer and learns about Vikki's life. She is an excellent character and I found myself thinking about her when I was away from the book. The mystery was excellent and well plotted. It wasn't until the end when both Aspen and I figured out who the murderer was. Apparently this is to be a series: excellent idea. If you are not intrigued by gruesome murders this is the book for you. It may have been gruesome but Gerber did not go into minute detail. I enjoyed it. I recommend it. Hope you like it, too. I was given a free ARC of Desolate Shores. All opinions and interpretations contained herein are solely my own. #netgalley #desolateshores
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    Daryl Wood Gerber’s Desolate Shores

    Desolate Shores takes the reader to the Lake Tahoe region. Description is deftly woven into the story. The reader will feel as if they are right there in the midst of the action. Aspen Adams is living in Lake Tahoe. She had been a psychology therapist but has given up that job to work for in her Aunt’s detective agency as a process server. Aspen goes out for her morning jog. As she hits the beach, she finds a dead body laying there. It is the body of her best friend. Under her Aunt’s tutelage to become a private investigator, Aspen begins to investigate her friends death. Aspen is surprised to undercover some very interesting and intriguing backstories of the suspects plus of the murder victim she thought she knew so well. In the midst of her investigation, Aspen’s sister shows up at her house to leave her teenage daughter with Aspen. The sister is a drug addict with lots of issues. Aspen will discover how the sister’s behavior is harming the teenage daughter. The characters are all multifaceted with interesting pasts, secrets, very colorful and each comes with a distinct personality. Tension, drama, suspense with plenty of chills, thrills, twist and turns to keep you on the edge of the seat from the first to the last word. Writing that is captivating, power packed with emotion make this a book to read. I volunteered to read Desolate Shores. Thanks to the Review Crew for the opportunity. My opinion is voluntary and my own.
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    Not For Me!

    Private Investigator Aspen Adams finds the body of her best friend on the shore of Lake Tahoe. With resentment towards the police department, Aspen decides to investigate herself. But, what happens when she finds that her friend was hiding secrets? Being a fan of this author, I was hoping to be enchanted by this novel. But, sadly it wasn’t for me. I just wasn’t interested in the main character, and I found the story a little depressing. I received an Advanced Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley and am voluntarily reviewing it.
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