Dead to Her by Sarah Pinborough, 3 stars

It’s January 18 and winter seems to have finally arrived in the Midwest. Another few weeks and hopefully the groundhog will announce an early spring in on it’s way! Or maybe spring won’t come to July. At this point, anything is possible.

A lot of people enjoy reading beach reads or stories that take place in warm climates in the summer. But I think it can be just as appealing (if not more so) to read these books in the winter, with snow swirling just outside my window. I can ALMOST pretend I’m there.

Today’s read, Dead to Her, takes place in Savannah, one of my most favorite places to visit. There’s so much lore and mystique, and the city itself is old and gorgeous. I want to go back! But for now, I had to settle for going back in my mind.

From the Publisher:

Marriage can be murder… SOMETHING OLD

Marcie’s affair with Jason Maddox catapulted her into the world of the elite.

Old money, old ties, old secrets. Marcie may have married into this world—

but she’ll never be part of it. SOMETHING NEW

Then Jason’s boss brings back a new wife from his trip to London.

Young, attractive, reckless—nobody can take their eyes off Keisha.

Including Marcie’s husband.SOMETHING YOU CAN NEVER, EVER UNDO…

Some people would kill for the life Marcie has—what will she do to keep it?

My Review:

Marcie and Keisha have something in common in the upper-class world of Savannah. Among the old money and high society, they stand out. They are the trophy wives. Women who lived dysfunctional lives, and were viewed as slightly trashy before snagging their husbands. Now, allowed to participate, but barely.

The difference between Marcie and Keisha? Marcia was a trophy wife years ago, but she has aged and lost some of her sparkle. Keisha is a bright, shiny, new trophy wife. A gorgeous African American women in her twenties, married to an older, fat, fleshy white man who was recently widowed.

Dead to Her is set in the upper class, privileged world of Savannah, Georgia. I love the setting, but honestly, if I hadn’t read it took place there, I’m not sure I would have known. The purpose seems to be to loop in voodoo and ritual practices, but honestly, those were my least favorite parts of the book and they kind of lost me.

I appreciated the premise of this book, but I really just couldn’t get into it. And when voodoo queens started showing up, it jumped the shark for me a bit. I enjoyed True Blood, and the occasional American Horror Story (when that show doesn’t jump the rails!) but this just wasn’t that. I always feel guilty when I don’t love a book, like I just didn’t try hard enough. But this one didn’t do it for me.

Special thanks for Netgalley and William Morror for a free e-galley in exchange for my honest review. This one releases February 11, 2020. Get your copy:

Indiebound

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