Author: Jessica Grose
Genre/Audience: Mystery, adult
Publication: William Morrow, June 2017
Source: For review, TLC Book Tours
It’s been two years since the divorce, and Dana has moved on. She’s killing it at her law firm, she’s never looked better, thanks to all those healthy meals she cooks, and she’s thrown away Ethan’s ratty old plaid recliner. She hardly thinks about her husband—ex-husband—anymore, or about how the man she’d known since college ran away to the Southwest with a yoga instructor, spouting spiritual claptrap that Dana still can’t comprehend.
But when she sees Ethan’s picture splashed across the front page of the New York Post—”Nama-Slay: Yoga Couple Found Dead in New Mexico Cave”—Dana discovers she hasn’t fully let go of Ethan or the past. The article implies that it was a murder-suicide, and Ethan’s to blame. How could the man she once loved so deeply be a killer? Restless to find answers that might help her finally to let go, Dana begins to dig into the mystery surrounding Ethan’s death. Sifting through the clues of his life, Dana finds herself back in the last years of their marriage . . . and discovers that their relationship—like Ethan’s death—wasn’t what it appeared to be.
What an interesting story! Other than a few yoga classes I have taken at the gym, I didn’t really know much about yoga at all. I ended up learning a lot more about it because this story was filled with information about the spiritual side of yoga. Aside from the yoga aspect, you really get to see how someone who is very charismatic can manipulate people to his way of thinking, which Dana discovers as she is trying to get to the bottom of Ethan’s death.
I did have a little trouble believing that someone as intelligent as Dana would immerse herself so entirely in the culture just to investigate her ex’s death, but I suppose there wouldn’t have been a story otherwise. Plus, you never really know how you would act in such a dramatic situation unless you’re in it yourself.
Ultimately though, I really enjoyed this book and couldn’t wait to see how it ended! The mystery was intriguing and fun to follow along with. After finishing this story though, I have decided I will stick with Zumba!
Guest review by my mom, Kim.