Book Review: Lady Killer by Lisa Scottoline

Sadly, I didn’t enjoy this book at all. I couldn’t wait for it to be over.  I’m sort of sad about that because this book had great potential if there’d been a completely different leading character.  Here’s the synopsis from Barnes and Noble

Mary DiNunzio has become a big-time business-getter at Rosato & Associates. But the last person she expects to walk into her office one morning—in mile-high stilettos—is super-sexy Trish Gambone, her high-school rival. Back when Mary was becoming the straight-A president of the Latin Club and Most Likely to Achieve Sainthood, Trish was the head Mean Girl, who flunked religion and excelled at smoking in the bathroom.

These days, however, Trish needs help. She is terrified of her live-in boyfriend, an abusive, gun-toting drug dealer for the South Philly mob. Mary remembers the guy from high school, too. She had a major crush on him.

Then Trish vanishes, a dead body turns up in an alley, and Mary is plunged into a nightmare that threatens her job, her family, and even her life. She goes on a one-woman crusade to unmask the killer, and on the way finds new love in a very unexpected place.

Want to know my problem with this book? The main character (Mary) is a big, giant weenie.  I mean we’re talking a total pushover.  No, that doesn’t even cover it… she’s a doormat.  She gets pushed around, insulted, and guilted throughout the entire book and she just takes it.  I just kept wanting her to stand up for herself.  God help the person ever stupid enough to talk to me the way that people talk to her in this book.  Grrrr…. It just made me angry!

If you can get around her being a complete and utter wuss, then the book probably is pretty good.  There’s lots of interesting backstory and it’s a fairly decent ‘who dun it.’  It didn’t sell me though, and although this is the first Lisa Scottoline that I’ve ever read, I won’t be hurrying to grab another off a bookshelf anytime soon.


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