Release Day Review: Where the Blame Lies by Mia Sheridan


At nineteen-years-old, college student Josie Stratton was kidnapped by a madman and held shackled for ten months in an abandoned warehouse before she finally escaped her hellish prison.

Eight years later, when the body of a young woman is found chained in the basement of a vacant house, Cincinnati Police Detective Zach Copeland is instantly reminded of the crime committed against Josie Stratton. Zach was just a rookie on the perimeter of that case, but he’s never forgotten the traumatized woman with the haunted eyes.

As more information emerges, the crimes take on an even more sinister similarity. But Josie’s attacker died by suicide. Does the city have a copycat on its hands? A killer who picked up where the original perpetrator left off? Or are they facing something far more insidious?

Josie has spent the last eight years attempting to get her life back on track, but now there’s a very real chance she could be the unknown suspect’s next target. As Zach vows to keep her safe, and Josie finds herself responding to him in a way she hasn’t responded to any man in almost a decade, the investigation takes on an even more complex edge of danger.

As past and present collide, Josie and Zach are thrust toward a shocking and chilling truth. A revelation that threatens not only Josie’s life, but everything she’s been fighting so desperately to reclaim.

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

I don't read as many Thriller/Romantic Suspense novels as I did a couple of years ago, because I am very critical when it comes to these genres. I am a reader that gets annoyed when things don't make sense or when it is just too predictable. I am okay with the predictability in just regular romance novels, however in romantic suspenses I want the thriller aspect added to my romance and I want it done well. Mia Sheridan did a very great job in me not being able to predict fully what was really going on. I had my theories like always, but I was really happy that I hadn't figured it out. Mia Sheridan is one of the few authors that can make me connect to the characters right from the start. The flashbacks added a very nice and important touch to the story in understanding the main character Josie's mindset and what happened to her. She was such a strong woman, who regardless of her shortcomings, didn't give up and made the best out of the horrific situation she was in.

Zach is a good detective, but I was more impressed with his partner Jimmy. If this book was a Thriller then Zach would've been more focused on the case, but because of the romance aspect the characters of course have to spend time together to form a bond/relationship. I feel like the author found great ways for the characters to get to know each other and connect. So the pacing of the development of the relationship was really good in my opinion. Mia Sheridan found a great balance between romance and suspense. The villain was evil but also very smart, I would've enjoyed a few scenes from his POV. Furthermore, I was really happy that nothing obvious was ignored in regards to the cases. The police did their job well, and they also didn't rule out anything even if some scenarios were out of the ordinary. I am very happy with the way this book turned out and I really hope that the author will write more books in this genre.
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Mia Sheridan is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestselling author. Her passion is weaving true love stories about people destined to be together. Mia lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with her husband. They have four children here on earth and one in heaven.

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