Sunday, April 2, 2017

Review for Sink or Swim by Stacy Juba - 4 out of 5


When reality TV turns to murder, it's sink, swim or die. Ambitious personal trainer Cassidy Novak has gained national fame for starring on Sink or Swim, nicknamed SOS, a hit reality game show set aboard a Tall Ship. She hopes the prize money will help to launch her dream of owning a chain of fitness centers. Not only does she lose the competition and have to walk the plank in the finale, after the game show ends, the terror begins. Upon returning to her small Massachusetts hometown, Cassidy discovers she has attracted a stalker masterminding his own twisted game. She struggles to focus on her health club job and celebrity endorsement opportunities, but her stalker has other plans. As her former competitors get knocked off one-by-one, Cassidy refuses to play by his bizarre rules. She's also being shadowed by hunky photographer Zach Gallagher, who has been assigned to capture her personal moments for a spread in the local newspaper. She wants to trust Zach, but fears he may not be the nice guy that he seems. With or without Zach's help, when the stalker forces a showdown by threatening her family, Cassidy must once again walk the plank - this time for her life.


I love Stacy Juba's writing! She has some interesting storylines for her books, and Sink or Swim was very entertaining! Cassidy is the main character, and she is getting her 15 minutes of fame after having starred on a reality show, but with the good of fame there is also the bad. Cassidy has to deal with overzealous fans, reporters, and a creepy stalker. Cassidy is initially excited to have a little bit of fame and money, but with some stalker sending her notes and gifts, her life is taking a dangerous turn. The whole premise is really interesting, and I loved the mystery with the stalker angle. I love that in Stacy Juba's books there is many ways the mystery could go, and she keeps you guessing till the end! I liked that Cassidy was strong, but I did find her rather rude at times, but she was in a tense situation, so I'm giving her a little slack on that. I do feel like the romance was kind of lacking in this book, but luckily the rest of the book was interesting, so I didn't mind that too much. I listened to the audiobook version of this story, and the narrator did a great job! She did accents and male voices, and did a great job with all of them, so that made for an enjoyable listening experience. I will definitely read and listen to more books by Stacy Juba!

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