I received this book for free from TLC Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Killer Image by Wendy Tyson
Series: Allison Campbell Mystery #1
Published by Henery Press on October 1st 2013
Genres: Chick Lit, Fiction, Mystery
Source: TLC Book Tours
As Philadelphia’s premier image consultant, Allison Campbell helps others reinvent themselves, but her most successful transformation was her own after a scandal nearly ruined her. Now she moves in a world of powerful executives, wealthy, eccentric ex-wives and twisted ethics.
When Allison’s latest Main Line client, the fifteen-year-old Goth daughter of a White House hopeful, is accused of the ritualistic murder of a local divorce attorney, Allison fights to prove her client’s innocence when no one else will. But unraveling the truth brings specters from her own past. And in a place where image is everything, the ability to distinguish what’s real from the façade may be the only thing that keeps Allison alive.
Today, as part of the TLC Book Tour, I have a review of Killer Image by Wendy Tyson. Thank you to TLC Book Tours for letting me join this one!
Allison Campbell is an image consultant in Philadelphia, and when she takes on a new client – Maggie McBridge, the troubled daughter of a congressman – she finds herself tangled up in recent nearby murders. What I enjoyed about the book in regards to Allison is that the author really revealed a lot of Allison’s past, and explained why she became what she is today. It was nice to have that much background information and history on a character. However, as so much seemed to be focused on the past, I felt I didn’t know the modern day Allison very well. She also switched between being quite shallow (although I suppose it is her job to notice people’s appearance…) to selfless very quickly.
As for the other characters – I liked that Vaughan had such a nicely built back story for someone who was essentially a rather minor character for the majority of the book. Maggie, however, was annoying and a complete and utter cliché of the teenage rebel. Goth? Check. Overuse of teen slang? Check. Moody and sully? Check.
As for the mystery part of the book – I did enjoy it, but some clues just seemed far too convenient. The murders involved Satanic ritual (hence why they blamed the teenage Goth), and while visiting someone Allison believes may be implicated in the crime, she spots a book on Satan worship. Just sitting on the bookshelves, along with the celebrity biographies and coffee table books. It just seemed a bit ridiculous to be honest. As well as this, some characters and ideas were just suddenly introduced, giving the reader no time to try and work the case out for themselves – which is always the fun part of a mystery novel.
Overall, I really liked the way Wendy Tyson built up a detailed background story for a couple of her characters, but felt that some of it could have been brought forward to the present. The story was good fun, but there was no room for the reader to try and guess the killer for themselves.