The Rich and the Dead
author : liv spector
pages : [paperback] 320
favorite character : lila
In exclusive Star Island, Miami, money and power can’t protect you… In collaboration with branding powerhouse Alloy Entertainment comes a thrilling new series featuring a former Miami PD detective on the hunt for a mass murderer, who must face the past she thought she left behind.
On New Year’s Day 2015, twelve powerful, wealthy people were found dead—shot in a lavish Star Island estate. In 2018, the murderer remains at large.
As a detective and lead investigator on the case of the century, Lila Day was consumed by her hunt for the Star Island Killer. But that was before she was pushed out from the force, and her life unraveled.
Years later, down on her luck and no longer a police officer, Lila is approached by mysterious billionaire Teddy Hawkins. He has a job for her, he says—solving the Star Island murders. Lila laughs. After all, how do you solve a crime when all the leads have long grown cold? The answer, Teddy tells her, is to be there before it happened. He is going to send her back in time.
With nothing left to lose, Lila travels back in time to 2014, determined to stop the Star Island killer once and for all. There’s one catch: she must gather the evidence to bring the murderer to justice in her own time, without trying to save anyone. Easy enough, until she starts to care for the people who are destined to die. Now Lila must be willing to say good-bye—or risk setting into motion events that could change the future forever.
Who doesn’t want to read a crime novel where the investigator gets to check out the crime before it even happened? I thought this was an incredibly cool concept and take on a regular detective story so I just had to get my hands on this book. Lila Days is an independent, kick-ass cop who’s such a perfectionist she ruined her career when she simply couldn’t let go of the Star Island murder case. Lucky for her, she isn’t the only one still seeking justice and trying to piece together the clues that’ll lead her to the answers she’s been searching for.
I’m going to try not to focus too much on the actual time machine aspect of things because it’s never really explained how Teddy of all people came to acquire this device because he definitely isn’t the scientist who created it. I was a little dubious about how he just so happened to have it to use to send Lila back. But that needed to happen for the plot to work and I really enjoyed the entire concept. When she first goes back, Lila thinks that this investigation will be easy, though she’s quickly faced with an assortment of challenges including love, loss, and wondering if she could prevent this tragedy from ever occurring.
This book kept me guessing which is always awesome in a crime novel. As soon as I thought that I had things figured out, the plot would twist in a different direction. At times when Lila thought she had the case solved but there were still a hundred or so pages left in the book, it was easy for me to say that she was wrong, but there were so many other aspects and mysteries to the plot that I was never bored. These rich socialites all have their secrets that Lila uncovers slowly.
It looks like this book is building up into a series. I hope that it is because not only would I like to read more from this author, I’d love to read more about these characters. I think that there’s much more about Teddy that needs to be shown and there are parts of Lila’s life mentioned in passing throughout this novel that I think could be explored further. If there’s going to be a sequel, I’m definitely game to read it.
If you’re looking for an easy but suspenseful read, The Rich and the Dead is for you!