Trespassing by Brandi Reeds #bookreview #suspense #mystery

Title: Trespassing

Author: Brandi Reeds

Publisher: Lake Union Publishing

Publication Date: April 1, 2018

Page Count: 379

My rating:   5 stars

About the book:

In a novel of mounting psychological suspense, a young mother follows a dangerous path to find her missing husband.

Veronica Cavanaugh’s grasp on the world is slipping. Her latest round of fertility treatments not only failed but left her on edge and unbalanced. And her three-year-old daughter, Elizabella, has a new imaginary friend, who seems much more devilish than playful. So when Veronica’s husband fails to return home from a business trip, what’s left of her stability begins to crumble.

Given her family’s history of mental illness, and Elizabella’s insistence that her daddy is dead, Veronica starts questioning herself. Every move she makes is now suspect. Worse still, Veronica is positive that someone wants her and her daughter dead, too—unless it’s all in her mind…

Somewhere beneath her paranoia is the answer to her husband’s vanishing. To find it, she’s led to a house in the Florida Keys. But once there, she isn’t sure she wants to know the truth.

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Trespassing by Brandi Reeds is a novel of psychological suspense in which readers start off meeting Veronica Cavanaugh, a young mother who is in the midst of fertility treatments while dealing with her precocious three year old. Veronica feels that she and her husband have the perfect marriage with the one exception of having such difficulty getting pregnant.

Veronica begins to worry about her daughter, Elizabella, when it seems she has conjured an imaginary playmate and with mental illness in the family history it is a bit concerning. The doctors however reassure Veronica this is absolutely normal but Veronica isn’t quite convinced when her daughter begins telling everyone Nini said her father is now in God land.

Since her husband is a private pilot and has just left on a trip to New York with a client Veronica begins to worry when she doesn’t hear from him like normal and when he doesn’t come home at all when planned she calls in the police. As the investigation into the disappearance goes on of course Veronica as the wife becomes a suspect but all she wanted was for her husband to return home, that is until the secrets and lies begin to unravel.

Picking up Trespassing I was honestly getting a little worried after seeing several mention that this one was slow moving and anyone that knows me knows I lose patience pretty quickly. When finished however I wonder if I read the same book as those that mentioned slowness because I was never once bored with this one and thought the drama unfolded at a steady pace and it kept my attention quite easily. The description of a novel of mounting psychological suspense was quite perfect as at each turn of a page it seemed to go deeper and deeper in intensity.

It’s pretty apparent that I enjoyed the suspense and following along with the plot in this one but what also won me completely over was when it headed to Key West. I’ve actually been there and I felt like I was walking right along with them and taking in the sights yet again so I loved that setting. I also loved having the focus around a little girl and her imaginary friend and the questions that came along with that. So when you bundle all of this together I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough and found this one rather exciting myself.

I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.

Find this book online: 

Goodreads  /   Amazon

About the author:

Brandi Reeds is a critically acclaimed author who writes young adult novels under the pseudonym Sasha Dawn. Her debut psychological thriller, Oblivion, was chosen as one of the New York Public Library’s Best Books for Teens, recommended by the School Library Journal, endorsed by the American Library Association, and selected by the 2016 Illinois Reading Council as a featured book.

On her way to becoming an author, Reeds earned her BA in history and English from Northern Illinois University, followed by an MA in writing from Seton Hill University. When not working on her next book, she teaches college English and works as a kitchen design consultant and cabinetry specialist. She’s also an avid traveler, reader, and dance enthusiast.

Reeds is a Chicago native (Go, White Sox!) and currently lives in the northern suburbs with her husband, daughters, and three puppies. Visit her at http://www.sashadawn.com.

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