Thursday, April 26, 2012

Banana Split by Josi Kilpack ~ Blog Tour

Banana Split: A Culinary MysteryBanana Split: A Culinary Mystery by Josi S. Kilpack

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: Received to Review through Tristi Pinkston Book Tours
Genre: Cozy Mystery

Book Description from GoodreadsSadie Hoffmiller has survived eighteen months of nonstop adventures filled with murder, deceit, and danger. She could really use some rest—and maybe even some time to heal—relaxing in the tropical paradise of Kaua'i. However, palm trees and sunshine are not as effective a medication as Sadie had hoped. And when she finds herself entangled—literally—with a dead body, she is forced to face the compounding fears and anxieties that are making her life so difficult to live.

Her determination to stay out of danger and to focus on overcoming her anxieties soon takes a backseat when she meets eleven-year-old Charlie, the son of the woman whose body she discovered near Anahola Beach. Charlies has some questions of his own about what happened to his mother, and he is convinced that only Sadie can help him. If only Sadie were as confident in her abilities as Charlie is.

With the help of her best friend and a local social worker, Sadie dives into another mystery with the hope that, at the end, she'll be able to find the peace and closure that has eluded her

My thoughts: Sadie has had a few too many close calls. She is struggling with anxiety and PTSD. In this book she is in Hawaii, taking a break and trying to recover. The sad part is that she has a hard time leaving her condo. (How could you not leave your condo in Hawaii.)She is hiding from the world.

She finally makes it out of the condo. She's going snorkeling with some of the local women. She is overcome with anxiety in the water and swims to shore.  True to form, she discovers a body.

Yup, she's pulled into another mystery. The case seems clear cut. A woman just out of rehab OD's and dies. Then the woman's 11 year old son shows up at her door with questions that Sadie wants to find answers to.  She doesn't want him to spend the rest of his life struggling with abandonment issues.

Sadie is vulnerable in this book and has many obstacles to overcome. I love that the way that she finds to feel better is by helping someone else.

This book is something to read when you want to relax and get lost in a good story.  I just wish that I could have been reading it on the beaches of Hawaii!

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