"Once You Go This Far" By Kristen Lepionka: Review/Giveaway

by Jess Ham

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

Mysteries have always intrigued me. I love theorizing about who the murderer is and waiting for the next plot twist. The Roxane Weary series by Kristen Lepionka not only has the intrigue of a mystery but includes a female bisexual protagonist, putting it at the top of my must read mysteries series.

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The fourth book in the series, Once You Go This Far, released on July 7 and continues Roxane Weary’s journey of not only solving crimes but figuring out how to be her best self. Roxane has problems just like anyone: she drinks too much, has a complicated relationship with her family, and does not know how to fully commit to her boyfriend. She buries all of her problems underneath cases she must solve as she is also a private investigator. This book starts out with Roxane meeting her brother Andrew for a hike. When her brother is late, she decides to start the hike on her own and comes across the body of a woman who apparently had only minutes before falling and died. Her and the woman’s daughter, however, do not believe it was an accident which leads to the main investigation of the book.

One of the main focuses in this book is the sexist and controlling nature of men in organized religion. Roxane has many such sexist encounters with the men in this story and each feels more and more relatable. I have had many such encounters myself growing up in a small religious town. This aspect of the book leads to more and more mysteries as you discover the true nature of the people in the town.

The mystery unfolds naturally and never feels rushed. The twists and turns never feel too over the top or jarring. Roxane grows a lot as a person in this book and so do the people around her. I’m always up for a story where a protagonist grows because of the strange people they meet along their journey. While the mystery of this fourth installment in the series is not as exciting as some of the previous books, I still very much enjoyed the ride.

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Jess Ham is 27 years old and an ongoing contributor. With a love of all things nerdy, they are right at home covering entertainment. You can watch more of Jess' videos on her YouTube Channel: www.youtube.com/user/JessTheGoodWitch.

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  4. Would really like to read. Thanks for the chance.


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