"Truth or Dare" By Kathi Daley: Review/Giveaway

Review by Kathleen Costa

Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win an ebook copy of the book and a link to purchase it.

Introducing Sydney Whitmore!

Sydney Whitmore lost her parents in a tragic accident at a very early age and, with her two younger sisters, went to live with their Aunt Charley at the Castaway Bay resort she manages on Shipwreck Island. Syd did well in school, attended Berkeley, found she had a skill in which Quantico had interest, and eventually was assigned as an agent with the San Francisco FBI office as a profiler. She often revisited family and friends at Castaway Bay for vacations or, like now, when she is in need of some peace and tranquility. Her job as a forensic psychologist recently gave her an up close and personal experience with a serial killer that left a close friend dead and Sydney avoiding a rookie psychologist wanting to address any PTSD symptoms. As a veteran professional, she feels any trauma she may be experiencing can be worked out on her own. One way might be through reconnecting with family and friends, yet another way might be getting back on the horse with a new case needing her expertise.

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Truth or Dare
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Syd hopes to work through her recent emotional trauma with family and friends, but a call from her boss may change that. Sheriff Sam Stone has some missing teens and Sydney’s expertise might be of use. Ten teenagers ranging from fifteen to seventeen started out wanting to enjoy a bit weekend fun, however, when the morning came, two teenagers can’t be found. One teen called his dad for advice is curious on its own, but it did lead to law enforcement getting involved and the FBI contacted. Is it just teens lost in the woods, a prank gone bad, a criminal kidnapping, or something more sinister? When one teen is found at the bottom of a ravine, the situation becomes more dire to find the remaining one. Syd’s experiences have provided her with excellent instincts, and she is certain the eight remaining teens are hiding something. Also Syd uses her downtime to look more closely into an incident that put a close friend into a coma. The SFPD determined the case a random mugging, but the details don’t sit well with Sydney who is determine to take a closer look.

Crossover Premier! In Kathi Daley’s new series, The Resort at Castaway Bay, we join Sydney Whitmore who, after a deadly incident in connection with her job at the FBI, is taking a necessary break to deal with her trauma. However, us regular fans were introduced to Sydney in Daley’s The Inn at Holiday Bay Clue in the Clam, and it was a surprise to learn this story isn’t a continuation from when she was called away from Holiday Bay on another case. The setting along with several characters and their backstories originated in Daley’s Summerhouse Reunion trilogy giving the book an air of familiarity. Yet, the idea of missing teenagers has been used in several other Daley books which I wasn’t sure I would find engaging. But, as is true in real-life, Sydney deals with more than one issue. Her story turned out to be compelling along with her family and friends having quite a tale to tell, too. Her middle-sister and mother of two young girls struggles finding a personal purpose after losing her husband while the youngest sister Rory, previously floundering, has finally found her niche taking brilliantly to being a veterinarian assistant, and Aunt Charley’s sixtieth birthday brings in lots of family and friends. The story did, however, turn out to be entertaining, but some of the loose ends are destined to be in the next book, Lost and Found.

Blog Bonus! Courtesy of contributor Christy Turner, Emily Rose may have found a purpose with her blog, Emily by the Sea, and readers get to enjoy the benefits with her personal insights and “Steps to creating an event with heart” along with a mouthwatering recipe for Pear, Strawberry, and Pistachio Salad with Creamy Poppy Seed Dressing.  

Alert! The Resort at Castaway Bay series is brand new with two more books. Lost and Found is set for July 20 and is currently on Amazon preorder HERE. Syd is tasked to help a young eighteen-year-old man, who disappeared ten years ago, regain his memories. She also continues to search for answers about the attack on her friend. Trick or Treat will be coming soon.

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To enter to win an ebook copy of Truth or Dare, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line "dare,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen June 26, 2021. US residents only and you must be 18 or older to enter. You can read our privacy statement here if you like.

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Kathleen Costa is a long-time resident of the Central Valley, and although born in Idaho, she considers herself a “California Girl.” Graduating from CSU-Sacramento, she is a 35+ year veteran teacher having taught in grades 1-8 in schools from Sacramento to Los Angeles to Stockton to Lodi. Currently Kathleen is enjoying her retirement revitalizing hobbies along with exploring writing, reading for pleasure, and spending 24/7 with her husband.
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  1. Kathy Daley never stops! Count me in!

  2. Sounds like another great book from Kathi Daley. Thanks for the chance.

  3. This book sounds fantastic. Book covers are great. Sound mysterious, intriguing and like best sellers. Would love to read and review books in print format. Love books like.
    I like Kathy Daley books and always wanted to read them in print.
    Thanks for review/giveaway.
    Hope I win.

  4. I’d love to read this! Legallyblonde1961@yahoo.com

  5. Sounds like Kathy Daley has written another amazing book. Anxious to start reading this one.

  6. Another Great Sounding Book 📖 Thanks for sharing this book with us and For the Chance to Win a Copy

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  8. This latest book in Kathi's new series sounds exceptionally enticing!!! Keeping my fingers crossed for the win so I can try to guess "whodunit?" before the book ends!

  9. Is there a spot where the winner's name is posted?? (from June 28th, above, or any of the other entries)?? I've always wondered who wins. Hope you see this and thanks in advance for getting back to me.


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