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  • Thrilling but rambles a bit

    🌿Definite mind games thriller: rambles a bit😒 3.5-4🌟stars I found the actual storyline a good one, tension building and fairly creepy, but the execution could have been a lot better. Told from multiple points of view, you can tell, as the story unfolds, that Linn, the main chaacter, is not the only person involved with psychological problems. The rampant sexism related to the violent crime committed against her when she was seventeen, and then the efforts to rationalize it away and protect the perpetrator - very disturbing but all too unfortunately believable. I can't really say I liked any of the characters, including Linn, but their flaws and efforts at rationalizing and self preservation made them oddly compelling, especially husband Oliver and Graham. I found myself halting and distracted numerous times as a narrator's thoughts scattered and rambled. I would have enjoyed the book more had the pace been a bit faster with less digressing reminiscence and detail. The ending is a real kicker - strange though apparently totally cathartic for Linn! Thanks to publisher One More Chapter and NetGalley for providing a complimentary advance copy of the book; this is my voluntary and honest review.

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  • A clever mystery (3.5 stars)

    Flowers for the Dead by C.K. Williams is an perplexing mystery with an interesting premise. Nineteen years earlier, Linn Wilson Dawson was viciously attacked in her home but the perpetrator has never been found. She married her boyfriend Oliver soon after and the couple left town and never returned. But after receiving a package from friends of her now deceased parents, Linn impetuously decides it is time to return in order to uncover her attacker’s identity. When eerie events begin occurring, Linn turns to Detective Inspector Graham Walker for help. He was in charge of the original investigation and Linn remains hopeful he will help her solve the crime once and for all. Although Linn has come a long way in the years since the attack, she does not have a job and struggles with leaving her apartment. But when the delivery from her parents’ friends sparks a long suppressed memory, she is determined to find out the truth. Almost as soon as she arrives back in her hometown, Linn is plagued by sleepless nights in which she remains extra vigilante when she hears the ominous ringing of the doorbell. She is also troubled when her memories are refuted by DI Walker and other people who were present in the aftermath of the attack. Reaching out to her former friends highlights her suspicions they are hiding something from her. But if they know who is responsible, why would they keep this information from her? The chapters alternate between Linn’s and DI Walker’s points of view. Due to her increasingly unreliable perspective, it is difficult to trust Linn’s perception of events both in the past and present. Walker at first seems to be more than willing to help Linn. But as time passes, he becomes increasingly vile and vulgar about what happened to Linn. He is also patronizing and dismissive when Linn reports the activities occurring where she is staying. Flowers for the Dead is a clever mystery but the pacing is very slow. Linn is a difficult person to empathize with even though she is dealing with an increasingly menacing situation. Although savvy readers will most likely figure out the perpetrator’s identity before the big reveal, C.K. Williams brings the novel an unpredictable conclusion. I received a complimentary copy for review.

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  • Great twisty tale!

    At seventeen, Linn is viciously raped within her own isolated home. Nineteen years later, Linn is finally seeking her rapist by moving back to that, now vacant, house. Initially, her attacker was thought to be a stranger. However, Linn’s memory of that night is slowly returning. Thanks to a special doorbell ring, she knows her rapist must have been a close friend or neighbor. So begins the new thriller, Flowers for the Dead. The sense of dread is palpable throughout the shivery tale. Linn is an emotionally fragile character taking on a task well beyond her skill set. This is her first time really out in the world since the incident. Her husband, Oliver, has always taken care of everything. But she has to do this task alone. The swiftly changing point-of-views makes for a twisty and slightly off-balance tale. However, it is worth whatever confusion you may have when you get to the slam-bam and exciting conclusion. Wow, I loved the perfect ending where all the threads come together into a beautifully woven plot. 4 stars for Flowers for the Dead! Thanks to One More Chapter, Harper Impulse, Killer Reads and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.

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  • Gripping & Exhilarating

    Flowers for the Dead by C.K. Williams is an electrifying read, and a very good example of a clever psychological thriller. Linn Wilson, then 17, was attacked in her home while waiting for her friends to arrive. But when she opened the front door, it wasn't her mates standing on the doorstep, it was her assailant. The culprit was never determined, but now, having returned to her hometown in Yorkshire after 19 years, Linn is intent on establishing her attacker's identity. Although this was a slow burn novel where the plot tiptoed along rather than leapt forward, I was still very much invested in the story. Told in the past and present, 19 years ago and now, old memories are brought to the fore and and new questions are posed, as Linn tries to find some form of closure. With its fair share of lies, harboured secrets, duplicity and deceit, Flowers for the Dead certainly held my attention. The author's characterisation was good, with the prerequisite number of loathsome individuals as befits a good thriller. All in all, an exhilarating and gripping read that I confidently recommend. I received a complimentary digital copy of this novel at my request, from One More Chapter via NetGalley, and this review is my own unbiased opinion.

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  • Unbelievable

    This is one of the worst books I have ever read. It is disjointed and badly written.

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