Review: Thirty Days of Red by Geraldine Solon

Thirty Days of Red by Geraldine Solon
Release Date: April 21, 2015
Publisher: Chartier Press
Pages: 202
Source: book provided by author for review

 

 

Shortly after Liv Walters’ husband, David slips into a coma, she discovers he planned to leave her. Desperate to run away from her doomed marriage, Liv embarks on a Mediterranean cruise where she begins a thirty-day wisdom project and embraces a new identity―Red.

But life as Red isn’t what she hopes for. As David slowly recovers, Liv can no longer run away from the demons that haunt her and wishes to restore their relationship.

Little does Liv know that David intends to destroy her life in thirty days.

 

Review:  This is a psychological thriller that never really got my heart pumping.  There were a lot of twists and turns to the storyline, some predictable and others not.  Olivia and David both had their demons but Olivia/Liv/Red really pushed him over the edge.  They each had a thirty day project that was intertwined into the story.  The story is told basically over thirty days by either Liv or David and we know based on how each chapter is titled.

Olivia’s husband is in a coma when the story opens and little by little we find out what caused it but we get a hint from the prologue.  She’s in a rage from a journal she found he was keeping and she exhibits different personalities and behaviors to others based on whom she was with or interacting with.  The journal pushed her over the edge although she was already troubled from clues that were given throughout. There were a lot of secrets and both Olivia and David were out to destroy each other. They definitely have a toxic relationship even if they at one time loved each other and even still do in their own sick way.  They both embark on affairs which the other will ultimately learn about and guides their actions from then on.  David’s love interest, Emily, was in way over her head but was easily manipulated by Olivia.  Liv’s friend, Christopher, was used by her as was Aiden, whom she met on the cruise, and even David.   There were arguments, secrets, friends, family, manipulations, fear, anger, tears, suffering, arguments, paranoia and a delusional type of love. I never really got vested in the characters since I felt that they brought a lot of the problems onto themselves. The ending was not what I was expecting but was a nice twist and the epilogue gave some closure.

I’ve read books by Solon before and prefer her romances.  I will add her books that I haven’t read, to my TBR pile as well as others as they are published.

Favorite Quote:  My plan worked, and if I have to continue to lie and pretend, I will to save myself.

 

joanne