"Hold Me Down" By Clea Simon: Review/Giveaway

Review by Vicki Vass

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

Middle-aged rock star Gal returns to Boston to play a tribute concert to her dead bandmate Aimee. While in Boston, she sees a man’s face that causes her to freeze, and the next day she finds that the man has been murdered and her friend’s husband accused. This leads her down a rabbit hole of memories and discoveries relating to Aimee and their band. With a combination of suspense and procedural investigation, we follow Gal as she searches for the murderer while at the same time recalling her musical past, regrets and memories. Simon’s skills as a former journalist serve her well as we actually feel as if we are at a rock concert from the beat of the drum to the roar of the audience.

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Trapped in her memories and regrets, Gal is a truly sympathetic character especially when she recalls her time with Aimee, her dead drummer, and their rise to fame. She finds herself confronting demons that she had long cast aside, related to the sordid world of rock and roll and touring. And now it seems like the past is coming back to haunt her. This novel really takes you into the grimy world of a traveling band and the melodies behind the music. More than anything this book demonstrates that Gal is a survivor despite her guilt over the past and need to right wrongs. 

While I haven’t read any of the author’s other books, some reviewers claim this is her best work yet. After reading Hold Me Down, I will definitely consider picking up another of Simon’s works. 

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Vicki Vass is the author of the Antique Hunter Mystery series and the Witch Cat mystery series. When not chronicling their adventures, she is putting the finishing touches on a Christmas screenplay, Christmas at the Grey Horse Inn, to be released November 2022.

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  1. Thank you for reading, Vicki, and thank you for your thoughtful review. Since you liked HOLD ME DOWN, you might take a look at my WORLD ENOUGH, my other dark rock 'n' roll mystery. (My other books tend to be lighter... often with cats!) - Clea

  2. We both love suspense thrillers. It's the genre we've been bingeing the most on Netflix for months now. Thanks for the chance to win this book. crs(at)codedivasites(dot)com

  3. This sounds like one I would enjoy! tWarner419@aol.com

  4. Sounds like a great read. Looking forward to reading the book.

  5. Hold Me Down by Clea Simon sounds like it would be an entertaining and engaging book to read.

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