Tellulah Darling writes YA & New Adult romantic comedy because her first kiss sucked and she's compensating.
Sassy girls. Swoony boys. What could go wrong?
The “who is behind this” mystery in the modern day portion of the story is not much of a mystery. Doesn’t matter because this isn’t a whodunnit. What does matter is that Roberts masterfully paints this world and then creates characters that are so compelling within it. Naomi is a photographer and all the descriptions are so cinematic and detail-oriented. It’s like Roberts herself had years of photography experience. What she does have is an innate ability to transport the reader into the specifics. The woman can write.
The romance is a long slow burn. These characters have issues, and in Naomi’s case, a hell of a personal history to get over. Again, the specificity of having this daughter of a serial killer avoiding getting close to people because of her fears over the “sins of the father” is heartbreaking. The connection with Xander feels so true, as does the dance they do, and the decisions they make. The serial killer thriller aspect adds the proper moodiness to an already moody corner of the world.
If you’ve never read one of her books, this is a good one to dive into, especially as it’s a standalone. If you haven’t read one in a while, well, now’s the time to pick one up again and be reminded of what earned this author her accolades.