A Kentucky True Crime

Non-Fiction - Drama
385 Pages
Reviewed on 06/16/2013
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Reviewed by Carol Thompson for Readers' Favorite

Mark meets Roxie online and they begin to communicate, first by email, and later by phone. They rush into a relationship and Mark moves to Kentucky to live with Roxie. As time passes, he notices her mood swings and stories that don't add up. Roxie is bipolar, but it is something that Mark sees and doesn't want to acknowledge. Mark is arrested because of Roxie (I don't want to reveal the plot), and the story becomes the twisted, bizarre tale of backwoods law enforcement and a woman who is getting away with more than framing her ex-lover. Mark puts the pieces of the puzzle together of Roxie's past: the mysterious alleged suicide of an elderly man who lived with Roxie for a short time, past relationships and the lies.

The book is hard to put down once you start to read it. It is a well-written and well-told story. There are some graphic sex scenes that some might find offensive, but they really do add to the story. It becomes clear that Roxie uses her sexual talents to lure men, although she proclaims to be a lousy lover. It is the type of book that makes you cheer for the underdog while at the same time, you scream for him to get away from the villain. There is a dream sequence in the book that you will wish was true. I could only give this book four stars because the story did not conclude. It is a cliff-hanger of sorts, I guess because the author is going to follow up with another book. Still, the story could have had a better ending. It leaves you asking, "What next?"