I have to say, I don’t think I’ve read any books that take place in the seventies, so this was definitely a first for me! In Margie Myers’ debut, Unsuspecting Prey, the book follows Madison in a mystery thriller.
Twenty-five years after her not too pleasant departure, Madison Monroe returns to her once palatial North Carolina home for her father’s funeral, assuming she will briefly reunite with family, then return home to Kansas City. But Madison’s return is nothing like she anticipated as one nefarious character after another is bent on doing her harm upon learning she has inherited the bulk of her father’s estate. When she learns that a provision in the will requires that she remain at the estate for the remainder of her life, she is paralyzed with fear. She begins to question her sanity as she is repeatedly met with terrifying, life-threatening events. She attempts to determine who wants her dead – only to realize that the list seems endless, as well as the reasons. Trusting the family’s lifelong servants to stand by her, she is shocked to find she is all alone in the hideously decaying mansion, in the middle of nowhere, fending for herself. Madison’s childhood home once again becomes a house of horrors.
For a first novel, Myers provides plenty of twists, turns and an unexpected conclusion to all the mysteries. In some areas, the flow was a bit hard to follow (jumping from different point of views or times), but it was interesting to see how her background in psychology influenced the novel and writing. Unsuspecting Prey will also soon be released in hardcover, so be sure to stay connected with Myers to get the latest details!
(I received a complimentary copy from the author in exchange for my honest review. Thank you Margie and Bonnie!)