Release Day Review: Murder Notes by Lisa Renee Jones

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New York Times bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones’s heart-pounding thriller of a woman’s secrets—and a past that’s about to come out of hiding…

As an FBI profiler, it’s Lilah Love’s job to think like a killer. And she is very good at her job. When a series of murders surface—the victims all stripped naked and shot in the head—Lilah’s instincts tell her it’s the work of an assassin, not a serial killer. But when the case takes her back to her hometown in the Hamptons and a mysterious but unmistakable connection to her own life, all her assumptions are shaken to the core.

Thrust into a troubled past she’s tried to shut the door on, Lilah’s back in the town where her father is mayor, her brother is police chief, and she has an intimate history with the local crime lord’s son, Kane Mendez. The two share a devastating secret, and only Kane understands Lilah’s own darkest impulses. As more corpses surface, so does a series of anonymous notes to Lilah, threatening to expose her. Is the killer someone in her own circle? And is she the next target?

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Afbeeldingsresultaat voor black stars 3

**ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review**

I have read and enjoyed books by Lisa Renee Jones before, so when I discovered she wrote a Thriller I decided to give it a go. Just like with every new series, it takes me time to get used to the new world and characters. The pacing of this story was fast, there was a lot going on during certain moments. Lilah Love has a lot to handle with her personal struggles/demons, family problems, and series of murders. She is a FBI profiler, however in my opinion she didn't come across as a very good one. Her theories were all over the place, which started to confuse me. Also she loves Chanel, it being repeated multiple times got a bit annoying at a certain point. 

Lilah is not a very likable person, she is very demanding and headstrong. She expects everyone to be at her beck and call, which didn't appeal to me. It was just very difficult for me to connect with her. I did enjoy her interactions with Kane, who I look forward to seeing more of in the next book. I also liked the flashbacks, and I wish there was more of them, because it gives the reader a great look into why Lilah is the way she is. Nothing is really resolved in this book so it left me with a lot of unanswered questions and unsatisfied. However, I do want to find out what will happen next and who the killer is. I'll probably pick up the next book to see which direction the author will take this story. Also I'm looking forward to seeing Lilah grow as a character. Who knows, I'll maybe end up liking and rooting for her in the next book.

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Afbeeldingsresultaat voor about the author

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones is the author of the highly acclaimed INSIDE OUT series, which is now in development for a television show to be produced by Suzanne Todd of Team Todd (Alice in Wonderland). Suzanne Todd on the INSIDE OUT series: Lisa has created a beautiful, complicated, and sensual world that is filled with intrigue and suspense. Sara’s character is strong, flawed, complex, and sexy - a modern girl we all can identify with. I’m thrilled to develop a television show that will tell Sara’s whole story - her life, her work, her friends, and her sexuality. 

In addition to the success of Lisa's INSIDE OUT series, she has published many successful titles. The TALL, DARK AND DEADLY series and THE SECRET LIFE OF AMY BENSEN series, both spent several months on a combination of the New York Times and USA Today bestselling lists. Lisa is presently working on a dark, edgy new series, Dirty Money, for St. Martin's Press. 

Prior to publishing Lisa owned multi-state staffing agency that was recognized many times by The Austin Business Journal and also praised by the Dallas Women's Magazine. In 1998 Lisa was listed as the #7 growing women owned business in Entrepreneur Magazine.

Lisa loves to hear from her readers. You can reach her at and she is active on Twitter and Facebook daily.

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