Following the horrific events in MRPERFECT.COM, Dawn thought she would never escape the demons that had haunted her every waking moment. But months of therapy finally freed her from the memories, allowing her and John to start their lives afresh with a new home in a new town. Slowly making new friends and gaining the confidence to take a part-time bar job, life was better than it had been for a long time.
Then, the past Dawn had tried so hard to forget caught up with her.
Awaking to her worst nightmare, beaten, bound and bloody, Dawn dared not move, fearing she would wake the monster in the room.
The man sleeping in the chair looked like her friend. Something was horribly wrong.
This is the second book in the ‘MRPERFECT.COM’ series. I haven’t read the first book in the series called ‘MRPERFECT.COM’. The synopsis for ‘Deadly Friend’ intrigued me and I was interested to see the direction that the story took. I love discovering new authors and so it was with some excitement that I dived into ‘Deadly Friend’. Boy oh boy what a blooming fantastic read it is. I absolutely loved it but more about that in a bit.
I couldn’t help but take to Dawn from the first moment I came across her in the book. It’s blatantly obvious that she went through something that affected her greatly. To start with you don’t find out what exactly happened to her but as the story goes on little nuggets of information come to light and I pieced it together like a jigsaw. Dawn has an air of vulnerability about her, which immediately made me want to jump into the pages of the book to wrap her up in cotton wool to defend her or hug her when she was feeling under attack. Dawn is one tough cookie though and she hasn’t let her experiences break her. She has stood back up, dusted herself off and start again. I loved the way in which she has such a bond with her partner’s Labrador (nice choice of dog by the way but then I am biased) and how protective the dog was of her. Dawn is in a relationship with a man, who goes to work in Iraq as a kind of security guard although the exact details of the job are hush hush. Dawn is making a fresh start and moves to another house partway through the story. However it soon seems that Dawn is not as safe as she hopes she is. What happens? Well for the answer to that question you are just going to have to read the book for yourselves to find out as I am not going to tell you.
My first thought on finishing ‘Deadly Friend’ was ‘wowzers’ and then I wondered why the hell haven’t I come across K. D. Bloodworth before? The author’s writing style is such that you can’t fail to be drawn into the story. Each chapter ends in such a way that you simply have to read on and on. I soon became addicted to reading this book and it’s easy to see why. The chapters are short and snappy, the characters are well described and the storylines were dramatic to say the least. If I had to put the book down then I was counting down the time until I could pick it up again. I was so ‘into’ the story that I didn’t realise the speed with which the pages were turning and before I knew what was happening I had finished the book, which I had mixed feelings about. Don’t get me wrong I was pleased to finish because I knew how the story concluded but I was enjoying everything about the book so much that I just wanted the book to continue. Reading this book was much like riding on a rather scary and unpredictable rollercoaster ride with twists and turns aplenty. The author ramped up the tension so much that I genuinely felt my heart rate increase, I had to hold my breath and at times I almost had to read through my fingers because I feared what was waiting for me over the page.
In short, it’s certainly fair to say that I absolutely loved reading ‘Deadly Friend’ and I would definitely recommend it to other readers. It can be read as a standalone but for certain references to previous events to make sense I would say that it would be best to read the series in order. I will definitely be getting hold of a copy of ‘MRPERFECT.COM’ just as soon as I can. I can’t wait to read what K. D. Bloodworth comes up with next. Here’s hoping we don’t have to wait too long. The score on the Ginger Book Geek board is a very well deserved 5* out of 5*.