Blog Tour + Review: Killer Image (Allison Campbell Mystery #1) by Wendy Tyson

Posted 23 October, 2013 by Rinn in Blog Tour, Review / 3 Comments

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.

Blog Tour + Review: Killer Image (Allison Campbell Mystery #1) by Wendy TysonKiller Image by Wendy Tyson
Series: Allison Campbell Mystery #1
Published by Henery Press on October 1st 2013
Genres: Chick Lit, Fiction, Mystery
Pages: 316
Format: eARC
Source: TLC Book Tours
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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!

I’m not a big reader of ‘chick lit’ – the only book I can think of that I really enjoy within the genre is Bridget Jones’ Diary by Helen Fielding – but I’m not sure whether I would actually completely refer to this book as ‘chick lit’, after reading it. I enjoy a good mystery, and this definitely has more of the mystery/investigative element to it, than the typical elements of a ‘chick lit’ book.

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.

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3 responses to “Blog Tour + Review: Killer Image (Allison Campbell Mystery #1) by Wendy Tyson

  1. Reading the synopsis, I would never have guessed that this was chick-lit, because it sounds more… paranormal-ish than anything else — though that could probably be because of the “ritualistic murder” part, and the beautiful cover. But all in all, I’m glad that you enjoyed this, even if there were some things that bothered you. Like Allison. I’m pretty sure the fickleness of her character would annoy me to no end! I mean, I get that everyone goes through mood swings, but going from shallow to selfless? That’s kind of extreme, if you ask me. And bleh. Leave it to authors to create the best teen ever. Broody and rebellious and a total joy to be with. I wonder what we ever did to make the population think of us in such a negative way. 😛

    Yeah, the clues sound really convenient as well. And for a mystery book, that’s not good at all. I like my mystery books to be complex and full of twists and turns, with suspects at every corner and clues that are hard to find even though they’re staring at you right in the face. KILLER IMAGE doesn’t sound like that. But oh well, I guess mysteries like this make the “blur readers” (like me) catch on more easily, so we don’t feel left out, haha.

    I doubt I’ll be giving this a go, because it doesn’t fall into the genres I usually read, and because I’m quite sure I won’t be able to enjoy it anymore than you did. But great review all the same, and thanks for sharing! The cover is really pretty.

    • There is a new cover apparently, but I much prefer this one – the other one has a photo of a gloomy looking goth girl on the front. And yes, one minute Alison is seriously judgemental and the next she’s doing favours left, right and centre!
      I don’t get the teen thing either… I mean I know I was a pain and moody too, but I swear when teens are REALLY bad in books, they’re always goths like that makes them the ultimate rebel?!

      No, it wasn’t… so I don’t really want to class it completely as a mystery because there was no real air of mystery around it. That one clue made me laugh out loud to be honest. I mean, imagine walking into someone’s living room and seeing that tucked away!

      Well it’s not my usual type of book at all really, but I thought I’d give it a shot. It wasn’t particularly amazing, nor was it bad, and I did enjoy it in the end. Despite some points, haha.

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