The First One to Die by Victoria Jenkins
First things first, how AMAZING is the cover? I wanted to read The Girls in the Water, but my TBR was so big that I was afraid I couldn’t squeeze it in. I’d seen fantastic reviews for it, but I didn’t want to overextend myself on how many reviews I owed already.
But how in the world did Victoria Jenkins know how much I loved roses? When the cover reveal was shown for The First One to Die, I HAD to read it. So I dropped what I was doing and read The Girls in the Water. I wanted to be ready for when The First One to Die was available. A testament to how cover design is a potent marketing tool.
But now the book…
But now the book. Keira North, a beautiful college student with her whole life ahead of her. Sddenly, at a party, she falls from the roof of her college housing. She and her roommates called the roof their “balcony.” They’d been up there hundreds of times; the ledge was wide, and her likelihood of falling was pretty slim.
And so the detectives are called in. Welcome back to Alex King and Chloe Lane. One of my favorite police procedural duos. I love women in a man-dominated world.
Meanwhile, Alex and Chloe have another case come their way. The case of drug use gone sour. A teenage girl has landed in a coma in the hospital after she and her friend tried drugs at a club where they were dancing.
As both cases unfold, there may or may not be a link to them. That’s for Alex, Chloe, and their team to figure out. As their first case begins to unfurl itself, they find themselves digging deeper into a web of lies, deceit, jealousy, and anger.
There are betrayals, murder, some mental health issues, some real friendships, and some not-so-true friendships. If you like a book with a little bit of everything, I’m handing it to you on a platter.
I enjoyed learning a little more of Alex’s background, and there were quite a few twists that kept launching me forward. Then that one twist… it had me re-reading the end of the last chapter several times to wrap my brain around what had happened. I love those kinds of twists.
Five rosey stars to the twisty, crazy book with the beautifully haunting cover. I can’t wait for more Victoria Jenkins books to come!