Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Review: No Bad Deed by Heather Chavez

Title: No Bad Deed
Author: Heather Chavez
Published: February 2020, William Morrow
Format: ARC Paperback, 312 pages
Source: Publisher

Packed with the electrifying pacing and pulse-pounding suspense of Harlan Coben and Lisa Gardner, a thrilling debut about a mother desperate to find the connections between her missing husband and a deadly stalker who knows too much about her own dark family history.

Driving home one rainy night, Cassie Larkin sees a man and woman fighting on the side of the road. After calling 911, the veterinarian makes a split-second decision that will throw her sedate suburban life into chaos. Against all reason and advice, she gets out of her minivan and chases after the violent man, trying to help his victim. When Cassie physically tries to stop him, he suddenly turns on her and spits out an ominous threat: “Let her die, and I’ll let you live.”

A veterinarian trained to heal, Cassie can’t let the woman die. But while she’s examining the unconscious victim, the attacker steals her car. Now he has her name. Her address. And he knows about her children. Though they warn her to be careful, the police assure her that the perpetrator—a criminal named Carver Sweet—won’t get near her. Cassie isn’t so sure.

The next day—Halloween—her husband disappears while trick-or-treating with their six-year-old daughter. Are these disturbing events a coincidence or the beginning of a horrifying nightmare? Her husband has been growing distant—is it possible he’s become involved with another woman? Is Cassie’s confrontation with the road-side attacker connected to her husband’s disappearance? With all these questions swirling in her mind Cassie can trust no one, maybe not even herself. The only thing she knows for sure is that she can’t sit back while the people she loves are in danger.

As she desperately searches for answers, Cassie discovers that nothing is as random as it seems, and that she is more than willing to fight—to go the most terrifying extremes—to save her family and her marriage.

My thoughts:  I love a thriller that is completely binge-worthy and takes you where you least expect it and that is exactly what this one is. And it's a debut novel so I cannot wait to see what comes next from this very talented author.

Right from the start I found myself pulled into the book and that feeling never let up. It keeps you on your toes, at times literally holding your breath as you fear for what may or may not happen next, and the twists and turns keep you frantically flipping the pages to see where it all goes. This is definitely one where I do not think it is possible to even guess the outcome and I loved every second of it. It got my adrenaline pumping and I could think of nothing else while reading this book.

I loved the characters and loved that I was suspicious of everyone. There were so many layers to the characters which really made them that much more dynamic. I loved that little by little we got to know them a bit more, and in doing so, the pieces started to come together, but not so much so that you could see where it was all going. I also loved that there was just a little bit of humor thrown in here and there to help lighten the very tense mood. 

This is such a great book to get lost in...it will completely take you away from whatever else is going on because once you start reading it, you will get so wrapped up in the book, you won't want to put it down. I love books like that! I am definitely putting Heather Chavez on my list of authors to watch out for...she has that engaging writing style I love!



  1. Oh this sounds good and I love a good thriller! I love that kind of claustrophobic don't know who to trust feeling (only in books of course) and this sounds like an interesting read.

  2. It sounds edge of the chair tense and good. Thanks for the review.


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