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Review: You Can’t Catch Me

You Can't Catch Me

You Can’t Catch Me
By Catherine McKenzie
Lake Union Publishing, 9781542019033, June 2020, 335pp.

The Short of It:

If you enjoy cat and mouse type games, then this might be a good one for you. Not sure I was in the right mood to read it.

The Rest of It:

Jessica Williams escaped a cult more than a decade ago. She attributes her rescue to a detective with whom she still keeps in contact with. This is convenient because at an airport bar, while waiting for her flight, a young woman sits next to Jessica and asks her if she wants to play a game. Why not? Enjoy a few drinks, a little bit of banter. Whatever helps the time pass.

Except, this young woman is also named Jessica Williams and shares the same birth date as Jessica #1. Weird, right? Once they finish their drinks and part ways, Jessica #1 quickly learns that all her money has been taken from her bank accounts. That game that they played pretty much told Jessica #2, everything she needed to know to go online and wipe her out.

When Jessica #1 shares this information with her long-time detective friend, they decide to go after her and find that she’s left other victims in her wake.

This story was just too convenient all around. No one would be that gullible. Okay, Jessica #1 was in a cult once so perhaps she was the level of gullible needed to play a 20 questions like game that pretty much tells the world who you are. But it seemed all together too easy.

There is a lot of chasing fake Jessica around. I quickly tired of this because I just didn’t buy the story as a whole. It wasn’t suspenseful in the way I expected it to be. Overall, it was disappointing. Instead, I recommend her other book, Fractured.

Source: Review copy provided by the publisher.
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Review, Tour & Giveaway: Fractured


By Catherine McKenzie
Lake Union Publishing, Paperback, 9781503937826, October 4, 2016, 349pp.

The Short of It:

Say hello to crazy town.

The Rest of It:

Julie and Daniel  move to Cincinnati. Their house, somewhat charming but  mostly a copy of the other homes around them, provides the perfect view of the house across the street and that’s how the story opens.

I live in a city that is known as “Awesometown”. Yes. That is how it is advertised and it’s made the list of Top 25 Cities a few times. So when I picked up Fractured, I saw a lot of similarities to my own hometown. This grabbed my attention from page one.

So what’s the story about? Well, Julie is a well-known author. Her bestselling book, The Murder Game, put her name on the map and with it, came a stalker by the name of Heather. Heather and Julie knew each other in law school but when they lost a mutual friend, Heather became obsessed with Julie and with Julie’s recent fame, even a restraining order can’t keep Heather away, which is why Julie, her husband Daniel and their two kids move to Cincinnati.

But things are not good. Julie doesn’t fit in and the Pine Street Neighborhood Association head, Cindy, takes it upon herself to make sure Julie is miserable. Especially when it’s rumored that Julie has a thing for the married guy across the street, John.

John’s immediate attraction to Julie spells trouble. He’s happily married to Hanna (and knows it) but life in the ‘hood is drab if not boring without something or someone to look forward to and when things begin to happen to Julie, John is the run she runs to.

Have I piqued your interest?

This book is all kinds of crazy. I seriously questioned what was going on many, many times. The author plays with the timeline quite a bit and to be honest, this took a little bit of getting used to. The story is also told from John and Julie’s POV.  This also took a bit of getting used to because at the beginning, John and Julie are almost too similar. I had to keep reminding myself who was telling the story. But, by the half-way point, their characters were pretty distinct and I no longer had that issue.

Julie is a difficult character to like. She’s kind of annoying and does nothing to improve her situation. It seems as if she is always getting into trouble but man, witnessing her awkwardness makes for great entertainment.

This book is built on a big secret which the author manages to keep until the very end. Yes, you can speculate and try to guess what’s happened, because at the very beginning you know that something has happened, but you really can’t be sure until you read those final pages and it’s a fun ride, Full of interesting characters, ones you love to hate and plenty of drama to keep you engaged, Fractured is a real page-turner.

In case you missed the link above, the book featured in Fractured, The Murder Game is actually a real story and coming out in November!

If you’d like a chance to win your very own copy of Fractured, check out the giveaway details below.

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This giveaway is for one copy of Fractured and is open to the US and Canada. A winner will be chosen randomly by me. The book will come directly from the publisher. Only one entry per person. Giveaway closes on November 5 (pacific). I will contact the winner for his/her mailing address.