Review: An Excuse for Murder by Vanessa Westermann

This is a tricky review to write because I did enjoy reading this book, the writing was crisp, there were great ideas in the narrative and I genuinely enjoyed some of the characters.

There were also bits that weren’t so great, it felt like it needed a going over by a good editor, some of the character motives were frankly non existant and one of our main protagonists far from being a romantic figure that I think he was supposed to be, instead came across as a bit of a creepy stalker.

I loved the set up of the house where Kate lived, the aged aunt who was possibly starting to suffer with dementia, her querky housemate who I would have liked to have seen more of, and the house itself, which at times felt almost like another character.

Kate herself was interesting, I liked her but felt that some of her actions were very questionable. She started the book as a sensible, strong woman and ended up making a decision that I just don’t think ran true to her earlier character.

Gary was, I’m sorry to say frankly creepy. I think he was supposed to be a bit of a rough, romantic hero, but for me he came across as creepy stalker. His actions around Kate were highly questionable at times and he didn’t value her opinions at all. His thoughts about his dead girlfriend were overly sexualised (even in flashbacks when she was still alive) and I just didn’t warm to him at all.

All in all a mixed bag of a book, some good and some (for me anyway) not-so-good elements.

I received a copy of An Excuse for Murder from the author in exchange for an honest review.

An Excuse for Murder is available now.

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