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May 2014 Re-Release Edition – Winner of “Best in Drama” 2012 Turning the Pages Book Awards
 
The Vassers are America’s greatest family, an empire forged in steel and stone, wealth and prestige. They’re in the business of luxury hotels…and murder.

When the truth is exposed through the letters of a dead woman, all hell breaks loose. The family tries to cope with the allegation that what they thought was a decades old suicide was actually the cold-blooded murder of one of their own. 

Things only get worse when they realize the killer is still among them.

Enter the newest generation of Vasser heirs:  three siblings now running the Vasser Hotel in New York City, each with their own agenda. Principled and serious Grant; charming playboy Linc; and ruthlessly secretive Madison. They soon discover that swimming in the undercurrents of their own family’s dark past could prove to be disastrous.

Family may be the ties that bind, but when empires fall, they are the ties that kill.

Good Points: Where to begin? At the beginning, I suppose, and the first beginning must be the front cover. It’s stunning, and it really caught my attention. I don’t normally go for novels like this, as I think of them a bit like soap dramas in book form (and I don’t watch soap dramas), but this one was very different. From the first page, I was swept up by Katie Jennings’ depth and colourful descriptions. The characters were fantastic, and they really drove the story along; a grand story of the trials and tribulations of them and their hotel’s fortunes. The pacing was perfect, feeding you just enough to get you flicking over to the next chapter, but not giving away everything at once. And the ending! It was-well, it’s certainly left me waiting for the next book.

Bad Points: If I had to be really, really picky, I would say that the beginning was a bit slow for me. Not that it wasn’t written well; slow starts are just not my taste. But as it’s the first in the series, and everyone has to be introduced, this also has to happen. So I’m just being picky. Also, I wondered if some of the characters were a little young for the storyline. Not that you can’t have 20-somethings running a hotel. But most of the characters seemed to be within this age bracket, and I would have liked to see some older characters in there, to give it a more realistic feel.

Overall: This is a brilliant start to a great new series. I was hooked immediately, and I can’t wait to get my eager hands on the next one. Katie Jennings is a talented author, and I highly recommend this book to anyone-even if it isn’t your normal genre. This is one of those books that is worth reading even if it’s not normally your thing, if only for the quality of the writing and storyline. This book gets an awesome four stars from me!

Four Star

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