Security by Gina Wohlsdorf

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2/5 Stars.

Note: I received an advanced digital copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I really wanted to like this one more than I did, as I love a good gory thriller, but it really fell short of expectations.

As the employees of a highly secure luxury hotel led by hotel manager Tessa prepare for an exclusive grand opening, there’s a killer on the loose knocking them off one by one in gruesome ways.

Told in the first person perspective by a mysterious character watching everything unfold from a series of security cameras, it’s certainly an interesting premise, but the execution leaves much to be desired.

The story quickly begins to feel repetitive, predictable and drawn out, with not a lot of genuine suspense, and with Tessa thinking up ridiculous scenarios to explain the bizarre things that keep happening. In the midst of it all, Tessa’s estranged foster brother (and love interest?) shows up, claiming that he has something important to tell her, and then that gets drawn out, too, with not enough character development to keep things truly interesting.

Once the person who is telling the story is revealed it gets a little bit more interesting, but by that point I could already predict the ending and sort of just wanted it to be over. Wohlsdorf definitely showed some ingenuity with her approach to this novel, but in execution it was predictable and dull.

Also worth noting: It may be because I received a proof from NetGalley, but the ebook formatting was frustratingly off at times, with whole sentences cutting off completely. It wasn’t enough so that I couldn’t follow along, but it was certainly annoying.

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