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Reviewed by Viga Boland for Readers' Favorite
No More Bad Days by Lindsey Whitaker is a “full-speed-ahead” story, with its engaging presentation of the perplexing details surrounding the discovery of the lower half of a beautiful young woman’s body in a suitcase. Where is the rest of her body? Who is she? And most importantly, who hacked her in half? As the tough, no-nonsense Detective Hall begins her investigation, aided by rookie cop, Alex Diaz, the most obvious suspects are boyfriends…and the victim had several of them over the space of a few years. As readers race through the pages, any one of the boyfriends is a good possibility, but semen DNA points to the least likely of them. Something’s just not right here! Besieged by Jessica, an annoying reporter wanting a scoop, Hall’s frustration doubles when the reporter receives a couple of anonymous tips about the murder. Who is feeding the reporter information and why? Should Hall even give Jessica a chance?
Lindsey Whitaker does a marvelous job of keeping readers glued to the pages as she skilfully slips into the victim’s past, bringing her alive between interviews with her best girlfriend and each boyfriend. Whitaker takes us inside Detective Hall’s head as she analyses clues, rejects ideas, and considers other explanations. And when the identity of the murderer is finally revealed, everyone, including readers, is shocked. The killer is the least likely suspect, but the killer’s past and motivations for this murder are almost more gruesome than the murder itself. As the dust settles on No More Bad Days, through Detective Hall’s reflections Whitaker addresses the long-term effects of child abuse and neglect. These post-conclusion musings once again invite readers to examine the age-old quandary of nature vs nurture. Which one led the murderer in No More Bad Days to commit such a despicable crime? Another absorbing murder mystery, with realistic characters and plenty of emotional appeal to leave you thinking.