Liquid Shades of Blue

By: James Polkinghorn

Thanks to NetGalley and Oceanview Publishing for the ARC of this book.

TW: Homophobia

Jack, a bar owner in Key West, FL, has to travel home to Miami upon learning that his mother has committed suicide.  When he arrives home, his father tells him that he doesn’t believe her death was a suicide, he believes that her death was murder.  Being home brings up memories of his brother’s death, also a suicide.  Jack is now trying to figure out the circumstances around his mother’s death while also making sure he’s not the next one to die.

The premise of this book sounded so interesting.  Unfortunately, this book fell flat.  It wasn’t very long, but it felt long.  Honestly?  I was bored through most of it.  There would be paragraphs upon paragraphs of description of a road, or a building etc.. and it didn’t advance the story at all.  I would have rather the author cut all that out and had a shorter book that stuck to the plot.  There actually needed to be more information to push the plot along.  It felt like there were some major leaps and steps missed.  Towards the end, when the mystery started to be revealed, that’s when I found it more interesting.  I think with proper edits and a focus on the plot, this book could be really good.

This book will be available on May 16, 2023. If you want to check it out, you can do so here.

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