Tuesday 13 February 2024

Book ~ "Never Coming Home" (2022) Hannah Mary McKinnon

From Goodreads ~ First comes love. Then comes murder.

Lucas Forester didn't hate his wife. Michelle was brilliant, sophisticated and beautiful. Sure, she had extravagant spending habits and that petty attitude, a total disregard for anyone below her status. But she also had a lot to offer. Most notably, wealth that only the one percent could comprehend.

For years, Lucas had been honing a flawless plan to inherit Michelle’s fortune. Unfortunately, it involved taking a hit out on her.

Every track was covered, no trace left behind and now Lucas plays the grieving husband so well he deserves an award. But when a shocking photo and cryptic note show up on his doorstep, Lucas goes from hunter to prey.

Someone is onto him. And they’re closing in.

Three years ago, after a whirlwind romance, Lucas and Michelle got married. Michelle comes from a wealthy family and as soon as Lucas met Michelle, he has been plotting on how to get her money. But he's been patient and because of a prenup agreement, the only way he'll get her money is if Michelle passes away. He does what he has to do and hires someone to kidnap and kill her. While the police are looking for her and her family is waiting for her to come home, Lucas plays the hopeful husband, knowing that will never happen. But then things start happening and Lucas suspects the hit man is messing with him and he's determined to find and stop him. Lucas had a rough upbringing and he's worked too hard not to get the money he feels he deserves.

I liked this story and was curious to see how it ended (the "whodunnit"). It's written in first person perspective in Lucas' voice. Although I knew he was a bad guy, I still found him a bit likeable (Michelle isn't portrayed as likeable at all). Lucas thought he was so smart and would get foiled every time he turned around. As a head's up, there is swearing.

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