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Shattered Melody: A romantic suspense novella by Amy McKinley – Review by Robin Rankin

Shattered MelodyShattered Melody by Amy McKinley
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Shattered Melody is a stand alone novella by Amy McKinley though we there are some connections to the Grey Ghost series. I’m hoping this is a bridge between Grey Ghost and a new series. (Fingers crossed)

I liked Emma, but also felt so bad for her. She is still hurting after three years and deals with that pain the only way she knows how. She isolates herself with only her cat and music to keep her company.

I loved the little bit of suspense thrown in for good measure. Each book I read by Ms. McKinley makes me like her just a bit more.

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Shattered Melody: A romantic suspense novella by Amy McKinley – Review by Katie Matthews

Shattered MelodyShattered Melody by Amy McKinley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

 

Yet again another fantastic 5 star read from the talented Ms McKinley! I’ve read quite a few books by this author now, so many that I don’t even bother to read the blurb anymore because I’m confident I will love whatever I read and as expected Shattered Melody was no exception. This may have been a novella but it definitely was not short on content! I was hooked from the very beginning especially as the action started straight away! I was on the edge of my seat from the very beginning and there were some almighty twists and turns!
I fell in love with the characters Emma and Reese straight away. The author wrote about them so beautifully and in a way that I really felt a connection to them, I felt like I really knew everything about them. Although I loved Reese, it was Emma that was the character for me in this story; there really was just something about her that drew me to her straight away.
A truly amazing read that I highly recommend! I cannot wait (as usual) to read more from Ms McKinley again in the future!

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Shattered Melody: A romantic suspense novella by Amy McKinley – Review by Shannon Fowler

Shattered MelodyShattered Melody by Amy McKinley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

4 stars or 5 stars…I was thinking that the only way this story could have been better is if it had been longer but really then it would have seemed to drag on. This novella was short and to the point. Main character Emma is easy to love, to laugh and cry with. So definitely 5 stars.

The secondary characters of Danny, Reece, Linda and the friends from college are all an intricate part of Emma’s life. They are all suspicious in their dealings with Emma, leaving me guessing right up until the end. I had my doubts that a quick story could have a happy ending but my faith in Amy McKinley never wavered.

The story line was super easy to follow even with the flash backs. Those looks into the past helped explain Emma’s character and feelings so well.

Here’s hoping that these characters will have another adventure…soon.

Reviewed by @shannonlovesbooks

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Shattered Melody: A romantic suspense novella by Amy McKinley – Review by Angelina Frazzini

Shattered MelodyShattered Melody by Amy McKinley
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Shattered Melody by Amy McKinley is a romantic suspense novella. This book is a quick read but it is so good!

Emma lives her life in a remote mountain cabin and prefers it that way after experiencing a tragic event a few years prior. She can’t be too safe so she takes extra precautions to make sure her location isn’t easily identified. She likes to keep people at a distance if she can help it. During a snowstorm, there’s a knock on her door and even though it would go against her better judgement she welcomed her neighbor in and actually decided getting to know him wouldn’t be terrible. She feels she made the right decision trusting Reese until a few weird things start happening. Emma second guesses Reese and isn’t sure what to do. Will Reese be the step Emma needed to reclaim her life or did she make a mistake trusting him?

This book was really enjoyable to read. Definitely some twists that I didn’t expect so once I started reading, I couldn’t put it down!

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Shattered Melody: A romantic suspense novella by Amy McKinley – Review by Maura Harper

Shattered MelodyShattered Melody by Amy McKinley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

You know how sometimes you just want a quick and addicting read without all the extra details that make books longer? SHATTERED MELODY is the perfect book that does just that. It has 1 fade to black sex scene so I could recommend this to my elderly friend’s book club. It has breathtaking suspense, back ground characters who don’t take up any extra time and a clever cat who knows to stay away from the cold.

I read this story in about 30 minutes as it’s only about 60 pages long. Like I said it is quick and right to the point.

I’ve always enjoyed this author’s writing and will continue to read and recommend the stories they write.

Definitely read this quick story, you won’t be disappointed.

Review by @mauraharper
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Shattered Melody: A romantic suspense novella by Amy McKinley – Review by Liz Vrchota

Shattered MelodyShattered Melody by Amy McKinley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I always know that when I pick up an Amy McKinley novel I am in for a treat. Shattered Melody was no different, in fact it quickly became one of my favorites of hers. I never saw what was coming, let alone that it would rock my world in just the first few pages of this book. While the characters that I loved were shattered, the novel was a story of their healing. And boy was it a beautiful one to read. This is a novella so just a tad shorter than what you would typically expect from McKinley, but never did I feel that affected the quality or enjoyment of the story. I truly can only say it left me wanting more in the sense that I needed more of the MC’s, especially Emma.

I am not going to dive into details about the story, the blurb gives just enough away to not ruin anything and I can’t possibly find a way to add to that without ruining things for the reader. What I can say is this book’s characters are so beautifully written. I walked away feeling as if I personally knew Emma and Reese. I loved them like I would a family member. The details of the scenes make you feel as if you are right there with them as well. A beautiful location where I was able to cool down a bit during these hot summer days. I devoured this in quick measure and I am so looking forward to seeing what we will see next from the ever talented Amy McKinley.

Review by @lizaileen
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Shattered Melody: A romantic suspense novella by Amy McKinley – Review by Jana Teppih

Shattered MelodyShattered Melody by Amy McKinley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Shattered Melody is a short suspense read by Amy McKinley whose Gray Ghost series I have fell in love with a while ago so when Shattered Melody popped up on my radar, I picked it up and I didn’t regret it! You can read it as a standalone though the main squeeze Reese Miller is part of the Gray Ghost family …
Shattered Melody is the story of Emma Dawson who has isolated herself after her stalked killed her fiancé 3 years earlier. She thinks that not getting close to anyone and simply living for her music, she will be safe … it also means that she is highly suspicious of everyone so when Reese moves to a cottage not far from hers and the attraction between them cannot be denied she starts wondering if Reese is her knight in shiny armour or the one she needs to be afraid of …
As said, the story is fast and furious and you will absolutely love it and I promise you after getting a taste of Amy’s writing, you will want more so go and pick up her Gray Ghost series so you can meet the guys Reese is close to!

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Shattered Melody: A romantic suspense novella by Amy McKinley – Review by Francis O’Sullivan

Shattered MelodyShattered Melody by Amy McKinley
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Shattered Melody is a standalone book by Amy McKinley, that ties in with her Gray Ghost series.
I was drawn to it as the protagonist, Emma, is a songwriter. I liked how the songwriting happens regularly throughout the book as Emma processes her grief and other emotions. It reminded me of a character in another of McKinley’s books, Liv, who used sculpture as an outlet. The way the music is described is lovely, but I wish we’d been able to see the lyrics!
Shattered Melody is quite a short book, and so the story is quite fast paced. The ending did feel a little bit rushed – once things started developing they developed quickly! – but generally I found it flowed well.
For me, this is a four star book. If you’ve read the Gray Ghost books and enjoyed them, I’d recommend this as a good expansion of the story with more of a focus on character and romance (but there’s still some action!). If you haven’t read the Gray Ghost books yet, this could be a good way to test the waters and works well as a standalone romance with a bit of mystery and action.

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Shattered Melody: A romantic suspense novella by Amy McKinley – Review by Heather Lovelace

Shattered MelodyShattered Melody by Amy McKinley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

McKinley masterfully weaves this tale of romance and suspense and somehow fits quite a punch into a short number of pages. I continue to believe that McKinley has firmly established herself as a must read author. This novella is certainly not an exception to that opinion. My only complaint is that the story could have easily been double or triple the number of pages. I was sad to read the last page. But so much was said in the limited number of pages in my hand that I was extremely surprised and loved every minute of it.

Reviewed by @heatherlovelace
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Shattered Melody: A romantic suspense novella by Amy McKinley – Review by Erica Fish

Shattered MelodyShattered Melody by Amy McKinley
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Shattered Melody by Amy McKinley is a suspenseful read. Being a novella, it is a short fast read. McKinley did an amazing job of creating Emma’s world. I felt a connection to Emma and in her world. Emma was a songwriter who had a devastating loss of her fiance. Emma had built up some walls because she did not want to suffer that loss again. In comes in Reese her new hot neighbor. Emma is hesitant to trust Reese as she does not want to get hurt again. WIll Emma be able to trust Reese? Will Reese has other motives? Enjoy Shattered Melody