"The Stories You Tell" By Kristen Lepionka: Review/Giveaway

by Jessica Ham

Details on how to win a copy of this book at the end of the review and links to purchase it.

If you like family drama, mystery, and romance, then you will like The Stories You Tell by Kristen Lepionka. This is the third book in the Roxane Weary series. Roxane, a private detective, gets a phone call from her brother Andrew late at night about a girl named Addison he had a fling with. She showed up at his apartment late at night and then quickly vanished. After the disappearance, unfortunately, Andrew is the main suspect. Roxane must work diligently to prove her brother’s innocence.

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Although this is the third book in the series, it is pretty easy to understand what is going on even if you have not read the first two. The relationships are spelled out for you as well as what kind of person Roxane is: a loner with drinking issues who misses her deceased father. The characters are fun and complicated, but it is the mystery in these books which truly intrigues me. There are so many twists and turns that no one will ever see coming. I was on the edge of my seat the entire book. The plot is unpredictable and complex which all a person can hope for when reading a murder mystery. I hate mysteries that make things obvious. This book does a great job at keeping you guessing.

Roxane, however, does get on my nerves sometimes during the book. A character does not have to be perfect, obviously, but I do feel that she has not grown that much as a person since the first book, but hopefully, that will change in the books to come. I do, however, love her relationship with her dad’s former partner. It is sweet and has just enough drama to keep me interested. So many mysteries add romance with drama-filled relationships to match the drama of the mystery, but this book does a great job at a balance between sweet and dramatic.

If you love mysteries with heart and a twist on every corner, I highly suggest The Stories You Tell as well as the other books in the Roxane Weary series: The Last Place You Look and What You Want to See.

To enter to win a copy of The Stories You Tell, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line "stories,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen August 24, 2019. U.S. residents only. If entering via comment please include your email address. If entering via email please include your mailing address in case you win, we will not use your address for any other reason. You can read our privacy statement here if you like.

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Jessica Ham is 26 years old and an ongoing contributor. With a love of all things nerdy, she's right at home covering entertainment. You can watch more of her videos on her YouTube Channel: www.youtube.com/user/JessTheGoodWitch.

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  1. Sounds like a very interesting storyline. I would read this book.

  2. Sounds really good. Thanks for the chance. JL_Minter(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  4. Sounds like a great book.

  5. Sounds like this has lots of twists and turns. I'm in. Thanks!


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