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Lindas Book Obsession Review of “Tips For Living” by Renee Shafransky

 By Linda Zagon


Kudos to debut author Renee Shafransky  for a suspenseful, captivating, and intriguing novel “Tips For Living” :A Novel Of Suspense.(Lake Union Publishing: February 1,2018).

 The genres for “Tips For Living” are Mystery and Suspense, Thriller,and Fiction. The timeline of the story is in the present, and told only in the past when it pertains to the characters or events. The

Story takes place in Pequod,a small town that attracts many summer tourists that live in expensive summer homes.

 The author describes her characters as complex and complicated. Nora Glasser is a resident and writes a news column in the Pequod Paper, for “Tips on Living”. Nora has been betrayed by her famous ex- husband who is a renowned artist, when he not only had an affair, but got his mistress pregnant. Hoping to leave her humiliation, anger, hurt, and resentment behind, she has moved from New York City to Pequod. She becomes angered when she finds that her ex-husband and wife have bought an expensive home in Pequod, where she lives.

  In the past when Nora gets stressed, she has been known to sleepwalk. Nora also has the responsibility and expense of taking care of her beloved elder aunt.

  Trouble starts when both Nora’s ex-husband High Walker and his present wife are found dead in their house. Who would be angry enough to kill them?

 There is a colorful cast of characters and there are some that could be suspect. Unfortunately, the police are looking at Nora as the prime suspect. As a writer for a newspaper, Nora usually has the gut instincts in certain matters. What is troubling, is Nora doesn’t remember where she was at the time of the murders. Has Nora started sleep-walking? Why is Nora all scratched up? What can Nora do to protect herself, if she doubts her memories?

   There are twists and turns and highs and lows in this novel. I was so engrossed I finished this novel in one sitting. I didn’t want to stop reading. Several major characters seem to have dark secrets and motivations to be the killer. What about Nora?  I found this book to be entertaining, full of mystery, thrilling, full of suspense, intense and mesmerizing. I would highly recommend this novel for those readers that appreciate a suspenseful, and thrilling mystery. I would like to thank Lake Union Publishing and Author Renee Shafransky for an Advanced Reading Copy for my honest review. I really have to say I was surprised who the killer is. Happy Reading!



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