Bad Things Happen: Gripping Psychological Suspense (Ashes to Ashes) by Rowena Holloway – Review by Sarah Oakes

Bad Things Happen (Ashes to Ashes, #1)Bad Things Happen by Rowena Holloway
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A great read about wanting more to life . Charlotte Ashe is a weather girl on TV, not content with life. Dreaming of a career in journalism, she is over the moon when a rare opportunity lands in her lap. Despite everyone doubting her, she follows up a lead from her source, Joey. When he turns up dead, Charlotte realizes there is more to the football club than it seems. Can she uncover the truth before its too late?
A great read. Well developed plot. Well developed characters like Charlotte ambitious and standing up for herself but kind underneath or Joey trying to protect the ones he loves and do the right thing. Great cast of supporting characters like the full of life Maddie or the kind Tam or the annoying Piers.
I loved the visual detail throughout the novel with the lights over the water and London bridge lit up as urban but also beautiful in their own way. And with all the traffic being busy and full of life but making up the character of London. Or the colourful nature of the wine bar and its homely feel contrasting the hospital white walls and emptiness that was beautifully written. The theme of wanting more to life and stuck in a career that doesn’t excite them was emotive and perfectly written.
The switch of perspectives between chapters worked well to display both sides of the story and was easy to follow. The use of the past and foreboding later on was a great idea to show what happened and for the events to unfold. Also to draw out the suspense as you kept reading to find out what happened stretched over chapters. I also liked the times and dates with the title chapters for a sense of time passing quickly and fast paced action. The only issue I would raise is that it felt slow to start the action despite the fast paced nature of these chapter titles. There was also some repetition in places especially concerning Charlotte’s relationship troubles and if this was resolved it would be five stars. Overall, a great read and I would give it four stars.

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