Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Dark Drink by Tina O’Hailey. Thank you to Rachel’s Random Resources for the invite. Read on for more info and my review!
Jude and Mercedez have kept deadly secrets from each other.
Jackson’s suicide haunts Jude. She burned all evidence of her brother’s depravity. One less monster in the world, right? Tech-savvy Mercedez is the last living witness to a teenage amateur horror film that ended with a gruesome death. She never told.
A viral video (thanks, Whiskers) brings internet fame—forcing flip-phone wielding Jude to choose between her job as the second female in the VP motorcycle motorcade or her mixologist hobby.
Global visibility brings naked vulnerability—someone has subscribed to Jude’s channel.
Missing neighbors found dead in side-by-side freezers, viral drunk “I quit” videos, spammed porn magazine subscriptions, snail mail severed fingers, sabotaged cave trips, cryptic social media comments, and stalking photos push the codependent friends over the edge (literally, off the side of a bluff) when best friends find out secrets can kill.
The cover, though! Admittedly, I judged this book by its cover like I’m not supposed to and decided to read it because of the cover before I read the blurb. The good news is, it worked out. This was an entertaining read!
Dark Drink was a unique ride. The characters take center stage here. Jude, Mercedez, and especially Whiskers (in my opinion), carried the story. A very character driven novel which allows the reader to get to know the characters over the course of the book. This is what I look for when I read, so I really liked this about Dark Drink.
The first half of the book is a bit slow as we get to know the history. As the book picks up, things get really interesting. I was never sure who could really be trusted and there were quite a few surprises along the way.
Overall, Dark Drink was a great read. I enjoyed it and look forward to more from this author.
Thank you to Rachel’s Random Resources for the free review copy and tour invite. All opinions are my own and unbiased.
Tina O’Hailey is an animation professor, a caver, and an occasional mapper of grim, wet, twisty caves (if she owes a friend a favor or loses a bet), whose passion is to be secluded on a mountain and to write whilst surrounded by small, furry dogs and hot coffee. Tina was once struck by lightning.
She has served as an artistic trainer for Walt Disney Feature Animation, Dreamworks, and Electronic Arts. Any movie credit she has is minimal and usually found in the special thanks section. The meager credits do not account for the great honor it was to teach talented artists who worked on numerous feature films and games.
She has authored animation textbooks “Rig it Right”, “Hybrid Animation” published by Focal Press, and the Darkness Universe novels “Absolute Darkness”, “When Darkness Begins” published by Black Rose Writing. O’Hailey is a member of the NSS, VES, and International Thriller Writers.
Her favorite motorcycle is her BMW R1200C—mathematically perfect for her short legs, turns on a dime, and is the ugliest bike ever.
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