DISCLAIMER: I purchased this series because I wanted to read it and have not received any compensation for my review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
I can't remember exactly how I came across this series, only that the first book, All the Blue Eyed Angels, was offered for free, and that was enough for me to give it a shot. As I was without a Kindle at the time, I read the book in bits and pieces on my phone during breaks at the day job, and by the end was ready for more. Given the series was a mere $9.99, I pulled the trigger and subsequently spent the next three weeks chain-reading the series and its prequel, Midnight Lullaby. Time well spent, in my opinion, and here's why.
The series revolves around the title character, Erin Solomon, an investigative journalist with the requisite childhood trauma, hers stemming from growing up in a cult and then watching that cult burn to the ground. Erin's return to her hometown in Book 1 to investigate the fire lays the groundwork for the series, which culminates in Erin finally getting answers in Book 5. All the books in the series have self-contained plots and are plenty engaging as standalones, but there is an undercurrent tying all the pieces together.
When I'm reading, whether it's a single novel or a series, I want to be engaged by the characters. Sure, plot is important, but if I'm investing hours of my time into a make-believe world, I'd better like the people inhabiting it. For the most part, these books met that expectation. I found Erin to be a likeable, if occasionally annoying, narrator, and the author knocked it out of the park with Erin's BFF Diggs. Most of the series is told from Erin's point of view, though we do hear occasionally from Diggs (among others), and the Diggs chapters were invariably my favorites. Secondary characters were well-developed, and the author did an admirable job of distinguishing voices from one another when switching points of view.
Of course, no book is perfect, and there were some sticking points that grated on me over the course of the series. I'm not a fan of love triangles. I didn't buy into how Erin inexplicably draws men like flies to honey. And I found that the pacing was hit-or-miss, especially when building up to suspenseful moments or big reveals. But overall I enjoyed the characters, the stories, and the time I spent on this series, and would recommend it to thriller fans looking for a long-haul read.
Rating: 4/5 stars