The Rich and the Dead; Liv Spector. 310 pages.
FROM THE BOOK JACKET:
On New Year’s Day 2015, twelve powerful, wealthy people were found dead—shot in a lavish Star Island estate. In 2018, the murderer remains at large. As a detective and lead investigator on the case of the century, Lila Day was consumed by her hunt for the Star Island Killer. But that was before she was pushed out from the force, and her life unraveled.
Years later, down on her luck and no longer a police officer, Lila is approached by mysterious billionaire Teddy Hawkins. He has a job for her, he says—solving the Star Island murders. Lila laughs. After all, how do you solve a crime when all the leads have long grown cold? The answer, Teddy tells her, is to be there before it happened. He is going to send her back in time.
With nothing left to lose, Lila travels back to 2014, determined to stop the Star Island killer once and for all. There’s one catch: she must gather the evidence to bring the murderer to justice in her own time, without trying to save anyone. Easy enough, until she starts to care for the people who are destined to die. Now Lila must be willing to say good-bye—or risk setting into motion events that could change the future forever.
I received an advanced reader copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Time travel is always intriguing, but throw in a murder mystery and it becomes even more interesting. This book doesn’t necessarily live up to its exciting premise, but it’s still an ok read.
Lila’s actions throughout her time in 2014 don’t exactly live up to her earlier character description. She’s supposed to have a keen sense and knack for investigating, but she doesn’t show it. I understand some of it being for the sake of the reader not figuring things out too quickly, but for ninety percent of the book she is way off the mark. Also, I guessed who the killer is upon the first mention of them. That made reading about Lila’s other suspects kind of tedious, yet I was still kind of in suspense because I wanted to see if I was right.
While the story left me semi-interested yet still a little bored (probably because of my correct suspicions - if I was as confused as Lila, I’m sure it would have been a lot more captivating), the characters left me feeling…well, the same. Some of them are really overdone, especially when it comes to common tropes. There are a few that are ok, mostly the ones that have genuine acts, which kind of balances things out. The book really seems like a typical mystery, though, so maybe I’m just not used to how stories in this genre are told.