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Finding Tessa, Jamie Lynn Hendricks: A Five-Star Review

I've had this one on my TBR since I saw the announcement on Twitter. From the comp titles to the cover, I couldn't wait to get started.

A broken window. A trail of blood. When Jace returns home from a late work night and finds his wife is missing, his life is turned upside down. Suspicions fall on him as the evidence becomes harder to deny, but what really happened the night Tessa disappeared? I loved this book. Told in alternating POVs, Hendricks gives us calculated snippets of Tessa and Jace's lives and leaves us to piece together their relationship. The pacing and structure of this book are executed beautifully. I devoured this in a single sitting because I couldn't stop reading. One mystery leads to another, and before you know it, you're halfway through with a list of suspects the length of your arm. Similar to Flynn's Gone Girl, we are not given in-your-face likable characters. Tessa and Jace are both flawed. Tessa is judgmental, unfiltered, and tends to make poor choices. Jace, too, is spontaneous and has a tendency to lie. This is not a book, however, where you need to like the characters in order to be invested in the story. Their questionable traits and behaviors are purposeful and layered, adding to the reader's suspicions. Just when you think you've got a character figured out, Hendricks flips the switch and you're doubting everything you thought to be true. Overall, Finding Tessa is an entertaining psychological thrill ride packed with unexpected twists. For fans of dark, complex characters, JLo's Enough, or Jennifer Hillier, add this one to your TBR ASAP. Thank you to Scarlet and NetGalley for providing an eARC in exchange for honest review consideration.

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