No Bad Deed by Heather Chavez
Published by William Morrow on February 18, 2020 (expected)
Genre(s): fiction, thriller
Format & Length: e-book, 320
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Packed with the electrifying pacing and pulse-pounding suspense of Harlan Coben and Lisa Gardner, a thrilling debut about a mother desperate to find the connections between her missing husband and a deadly stalker who knows too much about her own dark family history.
Driving home one rainy night, Cassie Larkin sees a man and woman fighting on the side of the road. After calling 911, the veterinarian makes a split-second decision that will throw her sedate suburban life into chaos. Against all reason and advice, she gets out of her minivan and chases after the violent man, trying to help his victim. When Cassie physically tries to stop him, he suddenly turns on her and spits out an ominous threat: “Let her die, and I’ll let you live.”
A veterinarian trained to heal, Cassie can’t let the woman die. But while she’s examining the unconscious victim, the attacker steals her car. Now he has her name. Her address. And he knows about her children. Though they warn her to be careful, the police assure her that the perpetrator—a criminal named Carver Sweet—won’t get near her. Cassie isn’t so sure.
The next day—Halloween—her husband disappears while trick-or-treating with their six-year-old daughter. Are these disturbing events a coincidence or the beginning of a horrifying nightmare? Her husband has been growing distant—is it possible he’s become involved with another woman? Is Cassie’s confrontation with the road-side attacker connected to her husband’s disappearance? With all these questions swirling in her mind Cassie can trust no one, maybe not even herself. The only thing she knows for sure is that she can’t sit back while the people she loves are in danger.
As she desperately searches for answers, Cassie discovers that nothing is as random as it seems, and that she is more than willing to fight—to go the most terrifying extremes—to save her family and her marriage.
Well, that was crazy!
If asked to describe my feelings upon starting No Bad Deed, I would have said it was fine but it didn’t give me the burning desire to keep reading. But around the fifty page mark, the intrigue began building in a series of developments that didn’t stop until the very end. From that point on, the action sped up with each turn of the page for an unrelenting and compulsively readable thriller.
A plot driven novel, No Bad Deed has a lot going on. At times it seemed convoluted, but all the pieces were pulled together in the end. And that’s what this book really had going for it. It kept me enthralled, wanting to know what would happen next, not necessarily because I was invested in the characters but because of the shocking twists. As such, much of this book was far-fetched, which is par for the course with many thrillers.
This book hit me hard on a more personal level, though. I used to be able to read most types of fictional content, but the way the main character’s children are threatened during the course of the story began to really affect me as a new parent in a way that it wouldn’t have before. Going forward, this is something I’ll be paying more attention to before deciding to pick up a book. If this kind of thing affects you as well, this might not be the book for you.
Ultimately, No Bad Deed was a wild ride of entertainment. Readers who enjoy thrillers with action packed twisty plots might find this to their taste.
*Thanks to the publisher for providing an arc of this edition via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.