Hannah Morrissey

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When I'm Dead (2023) 197 kappaletta
Hello, Transcriber (2021) 181 kappaletta
The Widowmaker (2022) 101 kappaletta

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While this book did keep me up to finish it last night, the voice of the mother was a little whiny for me. I probably would have liked this better if I had read it. The teenage angst and mean girls were well done. This is book 3 of the Black Harbor series which I didn't know but it read fibe as a stand alone.
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Dianekeenoy | 16 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Dec 20, 2023 |
When I’m Dead by Hannah Morrissey is a complex examination of a parent’s worst nightmare, coupled with long held secrets, and relentless shame. When Medical Examiner Rowan Winthrop and her husband are called away from a school function, yet again disappointing their daughter Chloe, her parting words are haunting...”You’ll love me more when I’m dead.”. Chloe’s best friend has been brutally murdered, and when Rowan finally gets home Chloe is missing.
Morrissey expertly plots the investigation of complex teenage relationships, while keeping this a very adult suspense thriller. She layers this with a stagnant marriage, unresolved guilt, and toxic workplace dynamics. Unreliable narrators and morally grey characters muddy the plot further. I loved how well the Wisconsin location is used as its own character. The third book in the Black Harbor series. I had no problem reading this as a stand alone. I think it’s a great choice for those that may not typically read police procedurals, a propulsive suspense thriller. There are some rather graphic scenes. I’m horror-averse and did okay, but be aware.
Thank you to @Minotaur_Books @hannahmorrisseywriter and @netgalley for the early copy.
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FlowerchildReads | 16 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Dec 11, 2023 |
Chloe’s mother, Rowan, is the Black Harbor, Wisconsin medical examiner and her father, Axel, is a homicide detective. So it is not unusual for them to leave Chloe alone at all hours of the day or night. In this particular instance, they skipped out of Chloe’s high school play, Beetlejuice: the musical, at intermission, telling Chloe to get a ride home from their next-door neighbor, Marnie.
The victim this time is Chloe’s ‘best friend’ Madison Caldwell, whose body was found in a gully along a forest trail. Her teeth were knocked out and scattered on the ground near her body. The time of death was determined to be between 6 and 7 PM, before the school play opened.
When Chloe was not in her bed in the early hours of the morning when her parents finally got home, they began to worry. The first call was to their neighbor, Marnie, who said Chloe didn’t wait for her after the show.
Days later, a second body was found; this time it was Sari Simons, a friend of Madison Caldwell. Her body, too, was mutilated.
As the police investigate, they find that Chloe was being bullied at school, primarily by her ‘best friend’ Madison, with an assist by Sari. Could Chloe’s disappearance have something to do with the murders? Could she, in fact, be the murderer. As Chloe’s disappearance is extended, her involvement in the murders becomes more likely.
Suspects abound in this novel: Madison’s boyfriend who was seen fighting with her earlier that evening; a teacher who was the subject of a vicious rumor circulated by Madison and Sari; and let’s not forget Chloe’s next-door neighbor, Libby, whose elective class in high school is taxidermy.
As Rowan investigates, she is haunted by possible karma for an earlier misdeed that caused a child’s life. Axel and Rowan disagree on Chloe’s status: Rowan thinks it’s better she’s dead than be the murderer; Axel thinks it’s possible that Chloe is guilty. This, of course, puts a strain on their relationship.
The constants in the three books is the bleak, disintegrating Wisconsin town of Black Harbor, the desire of its residents to relocate out to a better place and Detective Nicholai Kole, who in this book plays a minor role. The story unfolds through three points of view: Rowan, Axel and next-door neighbor, Libby, who is an awkward teenager with no friends. One review said the “…[Morrisey] does an excellent job keeping readers off-kilter by shifting focus to several red herrings as the list of suspects is ever changing.” Another reviewer stated that “The characters are pensive, observant and complicated in this murder mystery.”
Midwestern Noir is a perfect definition for this dark, moody, chilling mystery. The book is fast paced with deep characters, an unusual plot and a totally satisfying ending. Morrisey delves into each character and fleshes them out. In turn they each surprise us as the story unfolds.
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EdGoldberg | 16 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Dec 6, 2023 |
On the night of their teenage daughter Chole’s school play Medical Examiner Rowan Winthorp and her husband Axel, an investigator with the Black Harbor Police Department, are called away to a crime scene involving a dead teenager. Madison Caldwell, their daughter’s best friend, is found brutally murdered and on the same night, Chloe does not return home after her school play and she is presumed to be a suspect in Maison’s death.

“You’ll love me more when I’m dead.”

As Rowan and Axel search for Chloe, the deep dive into their daughter's life reveals plenty of teenage drama, rivalry, scandalous rumors, and secrets. How well did they know their own daughter? When another of Chloe’s classmates is found murdered, it becomes evident that someone is targeting Chloe’s friends. Is Chloe alive? Will she be one of the killer’s next victims, or is she behind the murders? Can they find her before it is too late?

Having enjoyed the first two books in author Hannah Morrissey’s Black Harbor series, I was eager to read her latest offering. When I’m Dead by Hannah Morrissey is a suspenseful read with plenty of surprises to keep you engaged. Though the ending wasn’t completely unpredictable after a point, there is a lot to like about how the plot is structured. I will admit to having not enjoyed this installment as much as the previous books. With both Rowan and Axel involved in the investigation, the professional/procedural aspect takes precedence over their personal lives, which makes it difficult to connect with them as individuals whose daughter is missing. I also felt that Rowan’s guilt over an incident from her past was an unnecessary plot point, though it does add to the drama. The atmospheric vibe felt a tad forced ( set close to Halloween to emphasize the eerie, vibe, unlike her other novels where the crime-infested town and its darkness was better woven into the plot) in this story and I’m not a fan of the “mean girls” trope which took up way too much space in the narrative and did detract from my overall reading experience. However, there is no doubt that Morrissey knows how to craft a dark, twisty, suspenseful thriller and I look forward to reading more from her in the future.

Even though this is the third book in the series , it can be read as a standalone.

Many thanks to St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley for the digital review copy o this novel. All opinions expressed in this review are my own. When I’m Dead was published on October 31, 2023.
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srms.reads | 16 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Nov 21, 2023 |



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