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Thursday, August 20, 2009

Over Her Head by Shelley Bates

On the surface, Over Her Head is a departure for Shelley Bates. But never fear, die-hard Shelley Bates fans, it isn't.
The plot follows a middle-aged woman as she discovers the body of a teenager one morning during her jog. The teenager is one of her daughter's classmates in high school. The mother of the teen goes on a seemingly feeling less journey of grief, which leads her into a manufactured, unnecessary romance that almost gets discarded at the end. But the author resurrects it at a very inopportune time.
The lead's daughter is accused with assisting in the murder, and she does have something to hide. But the real criminal is very obvious, mostly because of what I call an email subplot.
There aren't really any good characters; they're mostly perfect.
The bulk of the book (thank God it was short) is filled up with pointless conversations and thoughts that do nothing to develop the characters, which they should. The end is very cheesy and expected. But those who have always been fans of Bates will like this book.
2 stars

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