Thursday, June 23, 2022

The Day We Died (Sydney Booth #1) by Wendy Owens ~ Book Review with Excerpt and Giveaway



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Almost two decades after Sydney Booth’s father was imprisoned for being the ‘Lipstick Killer,’ she and her family are finally happy. They have new identities, and the secret that her father was a notorious serial killer is one Sydney and her mother will never share, not even with her brother, who was an infant when everything happened.

Sydney never dreamed after what she went through, that she would have a chance at love. After months of dating a new co-worker, it seems like that part of her life may be working out too. Everything seems perfect.

That is until a woman is discovered murdered, wearing the shade of lipstick her father put on the victims of his brutal killings. Sydney tells herself it’s impossible; it has to be a coincidence. Then another victim turns up. Does she go to the police and risk blowing up this new life they have all built for themselves or keep quiet? It soon becomes evident Sydney may not have a choice when she starts to suspect the killer might be someone she knows.





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This was my first dip into the world of Wendy Owens and I liked it, really really liked it. 

THE DAY WE DIED is first and foremost a psychological thriller and then a romance. We opened with A young girl finding out her father was a killer, then she learns just how many women he's killed and by the end of the trial the life she knew was gone she was no longer little Rachel she was now Sydney and much older than her eleven years. Your heart will break for this young girl and all that her family has gone through at her fathers hands but she is determined to right the wrongs even if no one knows her motives. 

When Sydney grows up she becomes a forensic specialist and processes crime scenes and then her life changes again when she comes across a homicide so much like the ones her father committed it's eerie. So of course she begins to question everything and everyone.

This was a really good start to the series, I was totally engrossed in the story and the only reason I didn't rate it five stars is because I knew who the killer was very early on. I was hoping the author would make it someone else but yeah I had it and since it didn't have me guessing too long I went along for the ride instead of following the clues to see if I could figure out who it was...does that make sense to you?

I would recommend this to those that enjoy Psychological Thrillers, Murder Mysteries, or Romantic Suspense Reads.

Happy Reading!!!
**I have voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Readers Copy of this book for my Blog, Nadine's Obsessed with Books**

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“Mom, you don’t get it. The police are going to figure out who we are at some point.  We have to come clean now, or they may think we are somehow involved.”

“You’re just being paranoid,” she says dismissively. “I’m sure they will figure out who the killer is.”

“I have to tell my boss.”

“No, you can’t!” she cries.

“The lipstick at the first two crime scenes matches the kind Dad used. You know that’s not a coincidence. When they figure out that Eddie is the brother of the ‘Lipstick Killer,’ don’t you think they will start looking into everyone related to Dad’s case? There’s a paper trail, they will figure out who we are, and if we don’t approach them first, it won’t end well for us.”

“It will end badly either way,” she snaps.


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Wendy Owens was born in the small college town of Oxford, Ohio. She’s the author of YA urban fantasy series The Sacred Guardians, Contemporary Romance Stubborn Love Series, and the Penny Preston Mystery Series. Her latest two book series are psychological thrillers full of twists and turns, My Husband’s FiancĂ©e and My Wife’s Secrets out now.

When she's not writing, this dog lover can be found spending time with her tech geek husband, their three amazing kids, and three pups. She loves to cook and is a film fanatic, and hasn’t met an ugly house she wasn’t dreaming of renovating.

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  1. I love psychological thrillers so this one will definitely be added to my list. Let's see if I can guess the killer as quickly as you did lol. Great review xo

    1. Thank you Natalie. I hope you enjoy the story as much as I did, let me know if you guessed who it is before it's revealed. Happy Reading!!!