Twenty-eight and a Half Wishes
by Denise Grover Swank

For Rose Gardner, working at the DMV on a Friday afternoon is bad even before she sees a vision of herself dead. She's had plenty of visions, usually boring ones like someone's toilet's overflowed, but she's never seen one of herself before. When her overbearing momma winds up murdered on her sofa instead, two things are certain: There isn't enough hydrogen peroxide in the state of Arkansas to get that stain out, and Rose is the prime suspect.

Rose realizes she's wasted twenty-four years of living and makes a list on the back of a Wal-Mart receipt: twenty-eight things she wants to accomplish before her vision comes true. She's well on her way with the help of her next door neighbor Joe, who has no trouble teaching Rose the rules of drinking, but won't help with number fifteen-- do more with a man. Joe's new to town, but it doesn't take a vision for Rose to realize he's got plenty secrets of his own.

Somebody thinks Rose has something they want and they'll do anything to get it. Her house is broken into, someone else she knows is murdered, and suddenly, dying a virgin in the Fenton County jail isn't her biggest worry after all.

Despite the fact the author of this book is on my Facebook friends list, I really didn’t know what to expect when I downloaded this book. But I have to admit, it really didn’t come as a great surprise that I was hooked after just a couple of pages.

This was a terrific book! Though technically it’s a murder mystery, it was also a really fun read. A little too fun ‘cause I found it hard to put down.

It’s hard not to love Rose, the main character. She’s innocent, and quirky, and a lot more savy than she gives herself credit for. I loved her “wish list” and was routing for her to get as many items checked off her list as she could.

I was glad Rose had it out with her mother before the murder, otherwise she (and we) would never know if she had it in her. I thought her relationship with her sister really rang true as well.

Her budding relationship with her next-door neighbour Joe has almost as many twists and turns as the plot. One of the things I loved most about this book was that it kept me guessing, and the identity of true villain really took me by surprise.

You can download your own copy of Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes for $2.99 at Amazon.

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