Before She Finds Me: A Novel by Heather Chavez

Before She Finds Me: A Novel by Heather Chavez

Title: Before She Finds Me: A Novel
Author: Heather Chavez
Publisher:  Mulholland Books
Genre:  Mystery & Thrillers
Format:  Kindle
No. of Pages:  353
Date of US Publication:  27 June, 2023
My Rating:  3 Stars

My Thoughts 

Generally, a book with a mass shooting in it is a hard no from me, but here, in many ways the shooting is only the catalyst to the rest of the plot, and it didn’t bother me as much. 

During my reading, I had a difficult time putting this down. Told in two parts, the story flows and both storylines move along easily - this kept my attention the entire time. So why am I rating this with three stars then? I personally found the ending to be anticlimactic, with too much implausibility. 

I’ll close my review by writing that this was my first book by the author but it won’t be the last. My issues with this one aside, it kept me interested and turning the pages. 


Thank you to Mulholland Books and NetGalley for the DRC


In this shocking novel that is "both timely and emotional" and "sure to be the next big summer thriller" (Julie Clark, New York Times bestselling author), two unlikely mothers race to uncover the truth behind a horrific attack—even after it becomes clear that the truth will destroy one of their families.

Julia Bennett has worked hard to create a stable life for her daughter, Cora, in Southern California. So when Cora leaves for college, the worst thing Julia expects on move-in day is an argument with her ex-husband and his new wife. But a sudden attack leaves the campus stunned—and only Julia’s quick actions save Cora’s life. Shaken in the aftermath, and haunted by a dark secret, Julia starts to wonder: What if the attack wasn’t as random as everyone believes?

Newly pregnant Ren Petrovic has an unusual career—she’s a trained assassin, operating under a strict moral code. Ren wasn’t on campus that day, but she knows who was: her husband, Nolan. What she doesn’t know is why Nolan has broken their rules by not telling her about the job in advance. The more Ren looks into the attack, the more she begins to question: Who really hired Nolan? And why did one woman in the crowd respond so differently from all the rest?

Julia and Ren each want answers, but their searches quickly pit them against each other. One woman is a hired killer, but the other is a determined survivor. And both mothers will defend their families to the bitter end.


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