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Detective Jordan Sampson is struggling to maintain a relationship with her young daughter while enjoying a new romance with an old flame. But Jordan's personal life takes a dangerous turn when her old friends from school are killed off one by one. ...

Title : Up Close and Personal
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ISBN : 9780451228277
Format Type : Mass Market Paperback
Number of Pages : 315 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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Up Close and Personal Reviews

  • jenjn79
    2019-04-02 13:17

    This was a good book...not perfect, but I liked it and found it an easy read. A couple of tweaks and it would have been a really great book.Summary:Homicide Jordan Sampson can't believe how much her relationship with her teenage daughter has deteriorated. They'd once been so close, now the girl has chosen to stay with her father after Jordan and he divorced. In hopes of forgetting her problems for a night, she goes to her fifteen year high school reunion. Which is where she reconnects with old flame Clint Cooper. Jordan never expected the chemistry to still be there between them.But when one of her fellow cheerleaders from high school is murdered, Jordan is thrown headfirst into the investigation. Then another cheerleader dies and Jordan suddenly realizes maybe she herself is in danger. Somebody seems to really have it in for cheerleaders, murdering them with angry passion. But Jordan is determined to catch the killer. Which leaves her little time for her budding romance with Clint. He'll have to grow to understand the demands of her job if they are going to stay together.Review:I liked this book; it was fairly solid all the way around, but at the same time, I can't say it really stood out for me. It was above average good, but it was missing a bit of the wow factor, along with having a few things that bugged me.The suspense plot was good. Angsty and disturbing and all that. Not anywhere near as creepy as a Karen Rose book, but it had a nice level of intensity to it. And the storyline made sense and followed a logical path...always important. I did think the author could have done better leading readers to guess the bad guy. There is really only 1 clue at the very very beginning that points in the right direction (and I just happened to zero in on it, so I wasn't surprised at the big reveal), but after that, there's nothing in the book, really, that chips away at the bad guy's identity. That made the plot a little boring because part of the fun of reading romantic suspense is figuring out the whodunit part. So that could have been better.On the romance front...hmm. The romance takes a while to build in this book. It's a rather slow progression and there was a time or two I wanted things to move quicker. I liked both Jordan and Clint and thought they had some good chemistry together, but there was something missing from the romance for me. Which I attribute to one of the most noticeable flaws of the book, in my opinion. And that's that the hero (Clint) seemed to be rather neglected for most of the story. The book is very focused on the heroine, to the detriment of the hero. He has very few POV scenes...most of the time just a few sentences here and there. It left me feeling like I hardly knew him and like I wasn't connected to his character. Which in turn affected how the romance came off to me. A little more focus on the hero and the book would have felt much more well-rounded on the romance front for me.I still enjoyed the romance, though. It wasn't bad by any means, but it just had the potential to be a lot stronger.One other thing that bugged me was a mistake near the end of the book...during the big finale, the bad guy is said to be killed (bagged and tagged, I believe it said). But then in the epilogue it said he/she was in jail, his/her lawyer considering an insanity defense. Definite problem there. Sure, it wasn't a big thing, but it was distracting.Anyway...even though my review is kinda critical, the things I mentioned were what kept it from being a 4.5 or 5 star book. I think it's a book most romantic suspense readers will probably like.

  • Janita Finley
    2019-03-20 10:45

    It was very good, as are all of Carla's books....A very fast read too.

  • Ashley
    2019-03-22 12:38

    It took me a few tries to actually get through this. Sluggish and annoying in the beginning, thankfully the book picked up steam as I plowed ahead.I have a thing about moms that try so hard to please their kids but just can't catch a break as the kid continues to be the world's biggest brat. It's distracting and overkill in most books as the average human may feel the need to hurt someone as they are hurting too, but enough is enough. The book had that written drama feel to it that if it could happen in the worse way, it was going to, even if it feels outta character or forced.I'm not counting Cassidy out as a future read, but another one in the same vein as "Up Close and Personal" will try my patience.

  • Jen_C
    2019-03-23 13:36

    Favorite quote from this book: “I knew she wouldn’t remember me,” Della said as she and Jordan once again sat at the table. “She had her head so far up her ass in high school, the only thing she could recognize was her own colon.”4-1/2 stars. I really liked this book but could not give it 5 stars because the epilogue disappointed and I would have liked more of the romance between the main characters & a bit less of the details of the lives of the murdered cheerleaders. I love the high school sweethearts reunited theme, loved the main characters. I did want to shove some Prozac down the daughter's throat in the beginning because she seemed bipolar.Overall, a good mystery/suspense with a bit of romance. Borrowed from Amazon Prime.

  • Susan
    2019-03-31 07:25

    This mystery was not exceptional, but a good solid mystery. This is the first of Cassidy's I've read, and it seems she does individual mysteries, not a series. It's nice to discover a new author to enjoy.

  • Sasha
    2019-04-12 13:30

    I really enjoyed this one! most suspense mystery novels I can guess who the bad guy is. this one I had no idea who it could be. the cover kept calling me every time I visited the library. glad I checked it out. it was a one day read for me!!

  • Kathie Albinski
    2019-03-27 07:39

    I found the book very exciting. I couldn't put it down. I kept trying to figure out who the bad guy was. I can't wait to read another book by this author.

  • Geraldine
    2019-03-22 09:39

    I enjoyed reading this book but I would have liked a few more clues as to who the murderer really was.

  • Mic Tov
    2019-04-15 11:33

    Another book I picked up at the dollar store for $1.25. Well worth the read. Great characters, quick pace and good suspense.

  • carla
    2019-04-04 13:20

    Loved this book!! Kept you guessing all along who the killer was. Story didn't drag at all!!

  • Peggy
    2019-04-16 14:34

    It was ok not the best she has done.I enjoyed it the suspense was great the romance was good.To me it drug a but a bit slow. But still ok.

  • Kim
    2019-03-27 06:20


  • Tammy Pickens
    2019-04-05 10:31

    A pretty good story. The ending was kind of anti-climatic after the build up of the story. But all in all a pretty god read!!