Publisher: William Marrow
Genre: Suspense, Thriller, Romance
It’s been ten years since Sasha Keaton left her West Virginia hometown . . . since she escaped the twisted serial killer known as the Groom. Returning to help run her family inn means being whole again, except for one missing piece. The piece that falls into place when Sasha’s threatened—and FBI agent Cole Landis vows to protect her the way he couldn’t a decade ago.
First one woman disappears; then another, and all the while, disturbing calling cards are left for the sole survivor of the Groom’s reign of terror. Cole’s never forgiven himself for not being there when Sasha was taken, but he intends to make up for it now . . . because under the quirky sexiness Cole first fell for is a steely strength that only makes him love Sasha more.
But someone is watching. Waiting. And Sasha’s first mistake could be her last.
Till Death is a romance set in a very creepy and unsettling atmosphere. From the first few chapters, Armentrout establishes a sinister atmosphere that remains unsettling until the last few pages.
The mystery is built solidly with hints sprinkled throughout the novel. As with most romance/mystery novels, the mystery is solved passively by characters other than the main protagonist. Fortunately, Till Death does not fall prey to that trope. The main character is observant, independent, and emotionally secure with herself and others. She’s dealt with the issues of her past and is constantly proving how she’s progressed emotionally. It was a breath of fresh air reading about a character that isn’t emotionally crippled by her past and allows someone to fix her.
The romance between the main character and love interest wasn’t as captivating as I had hoped it would be. The reader is never shown the spark that they felt when they first met ten years ago. I wish there would have been a flashback to their first date to really cement their connection. Their relationship progressed a little too quickly, but that harkens back to what I just mentioned.
However, Cole Landis is just as swoon worthy as Armentrout’s other love interest. He’s strong, assertive, and sexy. He straddles the line of overbearing well in that he makes the main character feel cared for without overtly controlling her.
The one thing that bothered me about Till Death was the subtle fat shaming lines. Recently, I’ve noticed Armentrout featuring curvy main characters, however that comes at the cost of slight remarks about not eating a cookie because she doesn’t need it or being embarrassed when getting undressed because she isn’t lean lines like the love interest.
Overall, Till Death is the perfect read if you’re in the mood for romance and murder. It will keep you guessing with twists and turns throughout to keep surprising you until the big reveal.
**ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.