Wednesday, January 18, 2017

This Is Not Over: A Novel by Holly Brown

(Thank you to the publisher and TLC Book Tours for providing me with a copy of this book!)
about book:

You’ll have your deposit within seven business days, just like it says on Getaway.com. I’ve put through a refund to your credit card for the full amount, minus $200 to replace the stained sheets…


When 30-year-old Dawn reads Miranda’s email, she sees red. People have always told Dawn she’s beautiful, and she just hopes they don’t see beneath—to how she grew up, to what she’s always tried to outrun. She revels in her getaways with her perfect (maybe too perfect) husband, the occasional long weekend in luxurious homes, temporarily inhabiting other people’s privileged lives. Miranda’s email strikes a nerve, with its lying intimation that Dawn is so dirty you need to throw out her sheets.

Beware of your “host”

I wouldn’t have left a review at all, if I didn’t feel it was my civic duty to warn others…

57-year-old Miranda thought she’d seen it all, but she can’t believe her eyes when she reads Dawn’s review. She’s a doctor’s wife but she needs that rental money, desperately. People might think her life is privileged, but they don’t know what’s really going on. They don’t know about her son. She won’t take this threat to her livelihood—to her very life—lying down.

Two very different women with this in common: Each harbors her own secret, her own reason why she can’t just let this go. Neither can yield, not before they’ve dredged up all that’s hidden, even if it has the power to shatter all they’ve built.

This is not over.

This is so not over.

my thoughts:

To my first DNF in 2017.

Yep, Holly Brown's book, This Is Not Over, was just not for me.  I could barely get through the first few pages.  The little I read was overly dramatic (and not in a good way) and didn't make much sense.  The character's rage felt unfounded and beyond over the top.  I found myself wondering what I was reading.  I kept thinking that this could not possibly be the story.  Two women arguing over a $200 dollar security deposit?  Seriously?!

I'll be honest, I've read mixed reviews on this one. Some enjoyed it and found the idea of exploring a mundane topic (such as a security deposit) to be thrilling.  Others found the whole thing to be filled with cliches and overly wrought.  I agree with the latter.

This Is Not Over was not my cup of tea.

Here's the link to the TLC Book Tour schedule for: This Is Not Over
Thank you to the publisher and TLC Book Tours for providing me with a copy of this book!


Ti said...

Well, I am glad this reading experience is finally over for you. Sounds horrible!! Overly dramatic? Ugh. Even the parts you shared sound over the top.

Nadia said...

Ti, me too! It was just bad all around. Not a good book. Definitely a miss.

Lark said...

Not a great way to start out the year. I hope the next one is better!

Nadia said...

Lark, I know. A DNF already - yikes!

Heather J @ TLC Book Tours said...

Thanks for giving this book a shot for the tour.