Book 81 of 2015: Famous Last Words by Katie Alender

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Hollywood history, mystery, murder, mayhem, and delicious romance collide in this unputdownable thriller from master storyteller Katie Alender.

Willa is freaking out. It seems like she’s seeing things. Like a dead body in her swimming pool. Frantic messages on her walls. A reflection that is not her own. It’s almost as if someone — or something — is trying to send her a message.

Meanwhile, a killer is stalking Los Angeles — a killer who reenacts famous movie murder scenes. Could Willa’s strange visions have to do with these unsolved murders? Or is she going crazy? And who can she confide in? There’s Marnie, her new friend who may not be totally trustworthy. And there’s Reed, who’s ridiculously handsome and seems to get Willa. There’s also Wyatt, who’s super smart but unhealthily obsessed with the Hollywood Killer.

All Willa knows is, she has to confront the possible-ghost in her house, or she just might lose her mind . . . or her life.

Acclaimed author Katie Alender puts an unforgettable twist on this spine-chilling tale of murder, mystery, mayhem — and the movies.

I have read a few of Katie Alender books. I do like her writing style and her characters are fun to get into, but some books are hit and miss and almost kitchy (Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer can fall in that). That said, I still enjoy her work and have continued reading. Hence, Famous Last Words. 

I checked out Famous Last Words from my library’s audio book app. As you know, audio books are a great distraction to chores and push back the monotony of hearing Justing Bieber on the radio half a dozen times (seriously, I’ve heard one of his songs and the next song after that was him again). Since I like Alender and the blurb intrigued me, I went for it.

The narrator was easy to get into. She felt the part of the main character and sounded familiar (I wonder if I have heard her in other books). The MC, Willa, was a relateable character. She had a fish out of water feel with her move across country, but there was also a deep seeded anger that made her feel real. The other characters didn’t have as much depth, but they were enjoyable to read as well.

I can see how someone was able to pick out who the killer was, but I’ll be honest, I didn’t right off the bat. It took me a while. But, I can see how it would be easy for soemone else to see it. The mystery and the methods of solving it weren’t that exciting. Mostly, I loved the moments when Willa was experiencing the visions. Those were cool and creepy.

In all, it wasn’t a bad book. It got me wanting to read more of Alender. It was a fun release of monotony and it did help me get things done around the house.

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