Hollywood Ending by Kelley Garrett
Kellye Garrett has done it again. I didn’t think she could out-do her first book, but sure enough, she handled it with no problem.
Again, she had me laughing out loud in places where people stare if you make a peep. But it was so worth it.
Dayna Anderson has grown quickly in this series. How in the world is she trying to fake people into believing she is a PI? Because she’s a former actress, that’s why. She created a persona that can be cracked, but she knows how to talk her way out of it. She is what this diyhomegoddess would want to be like.
Omari Grant has made a name for himself in this one. He is becoming a stronger character, with just enough wit, self-centeredness, and strength to play second fiddle to Dayna, instead of the standard cozy, which makes the romance connection part of the investigative team. Good for you Kellye Garrett!
Aubrey Adams-Parker acts like the PI who wants anonymity. He’s definitely no LT. Colombo, he’s more of an invisible man, who figures things out, but no one seems to know he’s the one who did it.
Danya’s besties, Sienna and Emme are becoming stronger in this particular book. We are getting more information into what their particular skills are. And I like it.
The secondary characters are definitely an interesting crew. Each one is totally different from the other. And what you anticipate them to do is not what happens on the page. Damn those twists!
I love these characters!
The Setting Descriptions
I love the way Kellye Garrett describes the scenes. You can tell she’s been there. There’s nothing made up here, unless she’s creating a fake company. The sounds of the city are right. The reactions of people are right.
When it comes to the Hollywood parties, you get transported to the place, and forget you are reading. I can feel the presence of the snobs, the gawkers, the photographers, the clothes.
And SWAG (Stuff We All Get), playing an integral part in the story, is amazing. I’ve seen articles about SWAG, she’s not making up what goes in those bags!
The dialogue is funny as hell. Things coming from the characters’ mouths are not expected. The banter is quick and witty. What the characters say to get out of their situations is funny, especially if it doesn’t get the expected reaction from another character.
The pace of the story is almost near perfect. There are breathers, and yet there are parts where it gets intense. Nothing seems in the wrong part of the book. There is no jumping around, wondering, “wait, how did we get here?”
This is an art that authors need to learn, and Kellye Garrett learned quickly.
The plot is well done. It moves along, and the subplots in place don’t detract from the main story. But the subplots feel like they belong there, they aren’t there just to add words to the novel. She uses the characters in innovative ways to move the plot along. You think they are stuck in situations, and all of a sudden they are out, and it makes sense how they get out.
There are red herrings galore, and yet there are clues that make you wonder what is real and what is a plant.
Let me tell you, I knew who the killer was from the get go. I knew I had it. I never changed my mind throughout the entire story, like I usually do. And then about 8 pages from the end of the book, she revealed the killer. And damn, I was totally wrong! The killer made sense once the reveal was complete, but I honestly thought I had it!
Kellye Garrett Author Information
Kellye Garrett is a professional writer for television shows, so she knows how to put things to paper for people to visualize. You can read about her writings and lives here. A quick review of her first book I did is here.
Her first book won 4 awards in 2018, and nominated for two others. Amazing! I can’t wait to see what awards she gets with the second book.
She’s written two books so far:
- Hollywood Homocide – August 2017
- Hollywood Ending – August 2018
And there you have it. Definitely a woman to watch, and laugh with. 5 out of 5 stars for this book!