I was given an ARC by the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
I had been so interested in this book from the moment that I first read its synopsis. I mean, a girl who sees the world in colors? I've never heard of such a thing before! On top of that, it's not just an ordinary contemporary romance novel, but a contemporary mystery novel! I was intrigued!
Nikki Kill was living life normally when one day she receives call from the police asking her to identify a Jane Doe who only has her number in her contacts. Turns out Jane Doe is actually Peyton Hollis, daughter of famous producer Bill Hollis. Nikki wants to just forget everything that happened, but she can't get things out of her head. Why was she the only contact on Peyton's phone? She just had to find out, so she started investigations of her own. What she will find out is completely unexpected.
I won't pretend to know much about mystery novels because I rarely ever read them, but I thought that the mystery in this novel was really good.
I was really hooked in the mystery. So hooked, in fact, that it had me turning the pages so quick and my blood pumping. I wanted to know everything as soon as possible, and it got me out of my reading slump because I just had to know. I was really surprised by the turn of events. It was not predictable, although it still kind of made sense.
Well, not really if I think of it in terms of happening in real life, but it did, in terms of the story.
So if I liked the mystery so much, then why am I not giving this book a higher rating? While I was really hooked on the mystery, I found myself skipping most paragraphs of narratives
because I felt like I just couldn't be bothered to read them. A lot of them didn't feel important to me, and so I just skipped over them. That is a problem for me, because when I read mysteries I usually want to read every word for the fear of missing something, but with this book I actually didn't mind that much. And I just can't give a high rating to a book that can't compel me to read everything.
Another thing is that I was slightly annoyed with Nikki's actions.
I mean, she was just so reckless at times and clearly looking for trouble. Even after she suspected Dru of something, she still didn't stay away from him, and I just can't believe her! It's not like they had a relationship before either! They just met recently, and I just find it hard to believe that she would let lust instead of fear cloud her mind in those moments. I don't know, it just felt unrealistic and stupid for me.
At the end of the day, however, I really liked the main idea of this story. I liked the plot - except of Nikki's stupidity - and I definitely liked the mystery. It's clearly well thought of.
And although this is not a hardcore mystery where there are many clues left and I would try to "solve the mystery" on my own, this was just exactly what I needed to read to pull me out of my slump.