AUDIO REVIEW: Gun Shy by Lili St. Germain
HAVE YOU SEEN THIS GIRL? In the middle of a fierce snowstorm in Gun Creek, Nevada, seventeen-year-old Jennifer Thomas disappears without a trace. The second girl in nine years. Identical cases. Identical conditions. Only last time, the girl was found. Dead, stuffed in a well beside the creek that feeds the town's water supply. The killer was never found. As the small town mobilizes and searches for newly vanished Jennifer Thomas, one suspect comes to the fore. But did he do it? Or is there something else at play? Something nobody could have anticipated? For Jennifer's friend Cassie Carlino, the worst is yet to come. As she pins MISSING posters to store windows and joins the search, she begins to suspect that Jennifer's disappearance might be much closer to her than she could have ever imagined.
I'm not a religious person. But I need to confess.
Forgive me reader, for I have sinned.
I listened to a book. It took from the light and it gave to the darkness. It spoke of terrible things that happened to good and bad people. And I couldn't stop listening until I had, had my fill of every single word spoken.
Gun Shy is devastatingly good. Unputdownable. Mind Blowing. It's so bad but so damn good. It's torturous to the mind and I feel like a terrible person for enjoying it so damn much.
From the first moment I read the blurb of Gun Shy I was intrigued by the premise of this suspenseful book. Every chapter takes a different turn and keeps you guessing.
Gun Shy begins in Leo’s POV where we learn about the town of Gun Shy and how the first missing girl is found. Within the time frame of a couple of chapters, Leo and Cassie’s lives are irrevocably changed by events completely out of there control.
Gun Shy was written in multiple POV’s and had some of the most twisted, dark and complex characters I’ve ever come across. I don’t like dark, I’ve tried a couple of dark books and I’m way too sensitive to deal with the terrible things that happen to people. I like to live in the book world where I neglect the bad and only read the good, the romantic, and the soft so Gun Shy was completely out of my comfort zone and I damn well loved it!
Some of the scenes could have been horrific if written by someone else by Lili wrote them in a way that you felt almost removed from the situation? It’s so hard to explain her intricate and talented writing style!
This review feels almost impossible to write because I want to tell you all the ways this book affected me and the emotions it evoked but it’s impossible without giving away the secrets enclosed within Gun Shy’s pages.
Cassie was one of the most heart breaking, frustrating and complex characters I’ve ever experienced. She experienced traumatising events and did not escape without a few internal scars.
“Complacency is the drug I swallowed. … Complacency is the price I have paid for the illusion of my own survival.”
Not only was she dealing with loss of life but loss of her future. Thrown away in one night during an act by a selfish and sadistic character. Until she tries to take her future into her own hands…
“In my rage, I find my solace. In my rage, I vanquish my despair.”
Leo was I think the only character I understood. I understood his actions, his reactions and his justification. I think in the whole town of Gun Shy he was probably one of the only genuine characters? I found him intriguing and uplifting. He saw the bad but he also saw the good.
There are no good people or bad people in the town of Gun Shy. There’s twisted people with agenda’s, secrets, desires and needs and they’re all kinds of flawed. So many scenes gave me the chills and I’m sure it was more intense listening to Gun Shy rather than reading it. Having the characters speaking to you and describing the actions of others was chilling.
The narrators of Gun Shy were Zachary Michael and Natalie Naudus and I was so thoroughly impressed with how they portrayed the characters. I was rewinding to re-listen to specific scenes over and over again. I swear I listened to the Epilogue about 3 times. That last part had me breaking out in goose bumps and looking over my shoulder in the middle of the night!
"This is not a fairy tale and there is no happy ending, no Prince to ride in on his horse and save me. It's just me and my monster, just us in our house built out of bones and lies."
**Some quotes have been shortened to hide spoilers
Meet The Author: Lili St. Germain
Lili writes dark, delicious romance full of love, lust and revenge. Her USA Today Bestselling Gypsy Brothers series focuses on a morally bankrupt biker gang and the young woman who seeks her vengeance upon them. The Cartel series is a trilogy that explores the beginnings of the club, published through HarperCollins. Lili quit corporate life to focus on writing and so far is loving every minute of it. Her other loves in life include her gorgeous husband and beautiful daughter, excellent coffee, Tarantino movies and spending hours on Instagram. She loves to read almost as much as she loves to write.