Deadly Words by Meghan O’Flynn was a fast paced read, full of twists and turns. It is book 1 in the Born Bad series, and leaves me excited to read book 2. It is in a format that switches between Poppy as a child, living with her father Steven Pratt and Poppy as an adult, a doctor in the chiropractic field. This format allows the element of surprise at several points throughout the book. As a child, Poppy and her father were very close, and he fostered a love of fairies and building them homes, and had a series of relationships that ended abruptly. You can feel how much Poppy looks up to and adores Steven, and envision his wide shoulders and glittering eyes – you can almost hear his booming laugh and understand the depth of love this little girl had for her father. It also allows you a glimpse into the life she led both before and after she made a phone call that changed both of their lives forever.
As an adult, a chiropractor within a practice, you get a taste of being a woman in a male run business as well as meet one of Poppy’s only friends – her coworker, Monique. Monique adds a sense of humanity and warmth that you don’t find in most of the other characters of this book and makes you want to know her. Her love of bright colors and sense of camaraderie with Poppy put a smile on your face – and at the same time, you also get to see inside Poppy’s head while she is interacting with her fellow chiropractors, therapist, Monique and more. I love the first person, internal conversations she has with herself while mid conversation with others – it makes so many parts personally relatable, even if her thoughts are different than mine.
Poppy feels comfortable in her routine until a stranger, author and journalist Carson Price, shows up into her very private life, asking questions she isn’t comfortable answering beyond the information he has already dug up with his sources. There is a draw between the 2 of them that Poppy is unfamiliar with and cannot explain, but doesn’t want to run from. Carson drops a bomb very early on, making Poppy question his sanity – but it brings them closer, trying to solve the mystery he insists is happening and draws Poppy in further.
This book is very fast paced, and keeps you reading to find answers to the questions it keeps introducing, and I am looking forward to reading the next book in the Born Bad series. Will Poppy be able to help Carson solve the mystery he brings? Will she figure out the truth about Molly? What connections will she make, what memories will she have that prove to be clues to their past?