No Bad Deed
Packed with the electrifying pacing and pulse-pounding suspense of Harlan Coben and Lisa Gardner, a thrilling debut about a mother desperate to find the connections between her missing husband and a deadly stalker who knows too much about her own dark family history.Driving home one rainy night, Cassie Larkin sees a man and woman fighting on the side of the road. After calling 911, the veterinarian makes a split-second decision that will throw her sedate suburban life into chaos. Against all reason and advice, she gets out of her minivan and chases after the violent man, trying to help his victim. When Cassie physically tries to stop him, he suddenly turns on her and spits out an ominous threat: “Let her die, and I’ll let you live.”A veterinarian trained to heal, Cassie can’t let the woman die. But while she’s examining the unconscious victim, the attacker steals her car. Now he has her name. Her address. And he knows about her children. Though they warn her to be careful, the police assure her that the perpetrator—a criminal named Carver Sweet—won’t get near her. Cassie isn’t so sure.The next day—Halloween—her husband disappears while trick-or-treating with their six-year-old daughter. Are these disturbing events a coincidence or the beginning of a horrifying nightmare? Her husband has been growing distant—is it possible he’s become involved with another woman? Is Cassie’s confrontation with the road-side attacker connected to her husband’s disappearance? With all these questions swirling in her mind Cassie can trust no one, maybe not even herself. The only thing she knows for sure is that she can’t sit back while the people she loves are in danger.As she desperately searches for answers, Cassie discovers that nothing is as random as it seems, and that she is more than willing to fight—to go the most terrifying extremes—to save her family and her marriage.

No Bad Deed Details

TitleNo Bad Deed
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseFeb 18th, 2020
PublisherWilliam Morrow
ISBN-139780062936196
Rating
GenreThriller, Mystery, Mystery Thriller, Fiction

No Bad Deed Review

  • Nilufer Ozmekik
    January 1, 1970
    WOW! I need a minute! And please somebody get this Sauvignon Blanc bottle and bring me Jameson and cannoli platters! ( Jameson for me, cannoli for my mother in law because during my reading I bit my nails and my arms and guess I didnt feel any pain! When I think this book gave me higher pain tolerance, I realized I was biting my mother in laws arm during my reading who was really worried about my non-stop screaming! So yes, cannoli is my bribe. And also I gave her free pass for my freezer where WOW! I need a minute! And please somebody get this Sauvignon Blanc bottle and bring me Jameson and cannoli platters! ( Jameson for me, cannoli for my mother in law because during my reading I bit my nails and my arms and guess I didn’t feel any pain! When I think this book gave me higher pain tolerance, I realized I was biting my mother in law’s arm during my reading who was really worried about my non-stop screaming! So yes, cannoli is my bribe. And also I gave her free pass for my freezer where the rats are ice skating because of boredom and emptiness!)First we need an ovation for the author because she bend our minds, she shocked us, she surprised the hell of us, she entertained us and she made us jump at our sits!She did a fantastic job! At her story gripped me from the first page, made me cancel my entire schedule and lie to my business partner I had a stomach flu so I stayed at home, I didn’t work, write, attend any conference calls and I didn’t cook, clean, do any chores (I actually never do them but I wanted to emphasize how this book took my all attention) so just kept reading and reading and of course at the end I screamed “holly sh**”! Well my neighbors get used to my reactions! They’d seen the worst (after watching Shaun of the Dead which is one of my all -time favorite movies, I took a big tour around neighborhood and screamed “Yesss” because I have been feeling sooo good!) This book gave me some near Simon Pegg’s euphoria effect!You know what they say: The road to hell is paved in good intentions! Our story starts with our badass veterinary, mother of two children Cassie’s stopping her car as soon as she sees a man attacking a woman. Of course she calls 911. But it is not enough! She has guilt feelings about her college friend’s death. She told herself she needed to do something at that time but now she has a chance to clean her karma or making things so so so much worse because after she left her car and fought against the man to save the abused woman’s life: man told her he was going to come after her and her loved ones. And after the incident, her husband who acts strange, taking calls from someone she doesn’t know and sends her cryptic messages that they need to talk, disappears into thin air. And guess what, she tracks his phone records and meets with his mistress. The very same woman she saved from the attack. (See what good intentions reward you with!) And she learns more about her husband’s secrets. Of course her family is chased by Carver Sweet (which is not so sweet, mostly bitter and rotten egg) she fought to save her husband’s mistress at the beginning of the story.So where is unfaithful husband? Why Carver not so Sweet psychopath is after her? Why Cassie is a badass but also shows respect to the woman who gloats for sleeping with her husband? Who is watching her family? Are they in bigger danger than they could ever imagine?Please keep reading! Nothing as it seems. This book killed my spider senses and made my mouth agape. So I am not gonna give any spoilers. Just read this book and impress from author’s evil genius mind. Get ready to the big twist you never see it coming at the end!!!I’m giving 5 and half gazillion stars to this book because I gave so many entertaining thrillers to five stars but this book and the author’s creative writing exceeded my expectations.CLAP!CLAP!CLAP!By the way: I gave Cassie best leading character and Daryl best supporting character literature awards. I loved both of them so much.Special thanks to Netgalley and William Morrow/Harper Collins Publishers for sharing one of the most anticipated and debut novel’s ARC COPY with me in exchange my honest review. And I congratulate Heather Chavez. Please keep writing those mind-bending stories. I had so much fun and gave villain laughs after reading this splendid story!bloginstagramfacebooktwitter
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  • Chelsea Humphrey
    January 1, 1970
    I'm giving this one 5 stars, if not solely for the fact that a book hasn't compelled me to finish so quickly in ages, then because it is a twisty, unpredictable thriller. It might be too wild for some folks, but for this little lady who was in a slight reading slump, it was just the prescription I needed. The less that you know going in, the better, but there's no spoiling anything by informing you that the chapters are short and gripping, the action and pacing is relentless, and that the I'm giving this one 5 stars, if not solely for the fact that a book hasn't compelled me to finish so quickly in ages, then because it is a twisty, unpredictable thriller. It might be too wild for some folks, but for this little lady who was in a slight reading slump, it was just the prescription I needed. The less that you know going in, the better, but there's no spoiling anything by informing you that the chapters are short and gripping, the action and pacing is relentless, and that the content is somewhat disturbing. While unnerving thrillers might not be for every reader, I appreciate how the author chose to focus more on alluding to certain aspects, rather than just making this book an all out blood bath. For those who regularly read my reviews, you probably are aware of how little I am surprised by the "twists" in thrillers today. Here, I was completely fooled. There are plenty of clues dropped throughout, but they don't come together until the distinct moment that I went "OH SNAP" and everything clicked. Heather Chavez has woven together the ultimate suspenseful tale that is pure entertainment, and I will be waiting anxiously for her next novel. Highly recommended for all the readers who need a page turner that will keep them up late into the night. *Many thanks to the publisher for providing my finished copy.
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  • megs_bookrack
    January 1, 1970
    My head is spinning. Holy smokes, that was a wild ride!!!Driving home from work one night, Cassie Larkin sees what she assumes to be a domestic conflict happening on the side of the road.She stops her car and calls 911. Although the operator tells her to remain in her vehicle, Cassie cannot sit idly by while this woman gets assaulted or worse.As she attempts to break up the altercation, the man tells her in no uncertain terms if she lets him kill this woman, he will let her live. Basically, this My head is spinning. Holy smokes, that was a wild ride!!!Driving home from work one night, Cassie Larkin sees what she assumes to be a domestic conflict happening on the side of the road.She stops her car and calls 911. Although the operator tells her to remain in her vehicle, Cassie cannot sit idly by while this woman gets assaulted or worse.As she attempts to break up the altercation, the man tells her in no uncertain terms if she lets him kill this woman, he will let her live. Basically, this woman's life for hers, but Cassie is determined.Eventually, the man flees, but unfortunately he does so in Cassie's van. Now he has her handbag, complete with identification, family photos, address, and house keys.Without putting too fine a point on it, this is basically my worse nightmare come to the page. Reading this opening scene, I was so prepared to throw this book in the freezer. It's like Heather Chavez knew exactly what to write to freak me the heck out!And I cherish that.When Cassie's husband disappears the next night, on Halloween, while out trick-or-treating with their 6-year old daughter, her instincts tell her something is terribly wrong. Obviously, right!?After she reports it, it seems the cops just believe this is a case of a man leaving his family. Cassie knows better, however, and begins her own investigation.While it did surprise me that the cops didn't take his disappearance more seriously, especially considering they knew the crazy, violent guy who stole her vehicle had her keys and information, I did love Cassie getting involved and looking into his disappearance herself.Amateur sleuthing is one of my favorite tropes in a thriller and I think Chavez did a great job with it here.This story took so many crazy turns, there was no way to predict what was going to happen next. As secrets begin to come out about her husband, and from Cassie's own dark past, you discover perhaps there is no coincidence in life after all.The final scenes of this were beyond wild. You do need to disregard belief for a bit and just sit back and enjoy the ride.I was creeped out by this story pretty much the entire time and it was so much fun. I cannot wait to read more from Chavez!Thank you so much to the publisher, William Morrow, for providing me with a copy to read and review. I truly appreciate it!
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  • Paromjit
    January 1, 1970
    Heather Chavez's psychological thriller has the kind of twists that stray so much into far fetched territory for this reader but here's the thing, it was a totally compulsive read that had me turning the pages as fast as I could. Cassie Larkin is a veterinarian, happily married to teacher Sam, although their ability to connect with each other has been strained with their chaotic family and work lives, what with having two children, son Leo and young daughter, Audrey, keeping them busy. On one Heather Chavez's psychological thriller has the kind of twists that stray so much into far fetched territory for this reader but here's the thing, it was a totally compulsive read that had me turning the pages as fast as I could. Cassie Larkin is a veterinarian, happily married to teacher Sam, although their ability to connect with each other has been strained with their chaotic family and work lives, what with having two children, son Leo and young daughter, Audrey, keeping them busy. On one dark and rainy night, Cassie is driving home when she sees a woman being attacked by a man at the roadside, she calls the police. However, she just cannot stop herself getting out of her minivan to try and save the woman, against all good sense and reason. She is going to live to regret her actions as she manages to ensure the woman lives but not before the man turns to her, telling her to let the woman die and he will let her live.Whilst she examines the victim, the man takes her van, the contents of which ensures that he has her name, where she lives, and that she has children. This is a case that goes to prove no good deed goes unpunished as Cassie's entire life spins out of control as her family faces dangers she could never have foreseen. She is interviewed by the police, with Detective Ray Rico taking her statement, and showing her pictures of potential men that could have been the perpetrator. She identifies the attacker, a known criminal named Carver Sweet. Cassie is warned to be careful but the police seem sure that he will not get anywhere near her. She is less certain of this, and the following night, Sam takes their 6 year old Audrey trick or treating on Halloween. Sam never returns, leaving Audrey behind with some women. Is Sam's disappearance anything to do with Cassie's involvement in the roadside attack?Chavez excels in writing a thriller that is fast paced, well plotted with twist following twist, and where nothing and no-one can be relied on. She gives a central protagonist, Cassie, that you cannot but help feel for as her life derails in spectacular fashion. As I said at the beginning, you are going to have suspend disbelief big time, and just go on the entertaining if dark and intense thrill ride for the addictive storytelling. Many thanks to Headline for an ARC.
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  • Debra
    January 1, 1970
    Twists and turns, reveals and an out of left field reveal (which I normally do not care for- but it worked in this book), kept me turning the pages to determine just what the heck was going on, going down, who is telling the truth, who is the bad guy and well.......read this for yourself! Whew!This is a fast-paced thriller in which Veterinarian Cassie Larkin sees a man and woman arguing by the side of the road. After calling 911 to report the dispute, she makes the very bad decision - one that Twists and turns, reveals and an out of left field reveal (which I normally do not care for- but it worked in this book), kept me turning the pages to determine just what the heck was going on, going down, who is telling the truth, who is the bad guy and well.......read this for yourself! Whew!This is a fast-paced thriller in which Veterinarian Cassie Larkin sees a man and woman arguing by the side of the road. After calling 911 to report the dispute, she makes the very bad decision - one that she will regret later - to get out of the car and intervene. When the huge hulking man turns on her after she tries to attack him, he snarls at her “Let her die, and I’ll let you live.”Not one to take anyone's advice, she puts her training to use and saves the woman's life, finds her car and purse stolen by the known criminal and within 24 hours her husband is missing. That's just the icing on the cake folks. This is a fast-paced thriller that leaps off the pages. The twist and turns keep happening. As Cassie tries to locate her husband, she learns some interesting things about her husband. Facts that have her wondering if his disappearance was voluntarily or was it related to the threat made to her the previous day? He has been distant lately, but why? Is there something wrong? Something he isn't telling her perhaps. Or is she reading too much into his disappearance? So, suspend some disbelief, curl up in your favorite reading spot, and be prepared to spend some time with this fast paced, thrill ride of a book. Who is telling the truth? Who is reliable? Is anyone reliable in this book? One thing is certain - not everything is exactly as it seems.My super sleuthing skills did not help me at all with figuring out this book. That was a plus! Just when I thought I had things figured out, Chavez, changes things up, threw in some more twists and left me scratching my head while turning those pages. Riveting, captivating, entertaining and dark. Plus, ugh...Jerusalem beetles. Am I the only one who had no idea what they were? GROSS. I'm with you Cassie, gross, gross, gross. Thank you to HarperCollins Publishers -William Morrow and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All the thoughts and opinions are my own.
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  • PamG
    January 1, 1970
    NO BAD DEED by Heather Chavez is an action packed thriller. The story mainly takes place in Santa Rosa, California. The protagonist, Cassie Larkin is on her way home from work when she sees a man and woman fighting on the side of the road. After calling 911, Cassie decides to try to help the woman. The attacker takes off in Cassies vehicle with her purse so he now knows who she is and where she lives. This leads to a very twisted and suspenseful few days for Cassie and her family and friends. NO BAD DEED by Heather Chavez is an action packed thriller. The story mainly takes place in Santa Rosa, California. The protagonist, Cassie Larkin is on her way home from work when she sees a man and woman fighting on the side of the road. After calling 911, Cassie decides to try to help the woman. The attacker takes off in Cassie’s vehicle with her purse so he now knows who she is and where she lives. This leads to a very twisted and suspenseful few days for Cassie and her family and friends.Cassie is definitely a compelling character that a reader can root for. She had very distinct flaws and virtues. But her goals were clear and her motivations seemed believable, with well-drawn and appropriate emotions. The secondary characters were less developed but still enhanced the story. There are several themes explored in the book including family, friendship, murder, child abuse, marriage fidelity, domestic violence and much more.The prose was well-written, engrossing, absorbing, and vividly descriptive. The plot was suspenseful, clever, shocking, intense and riveting. The ending was dramatic and made me pause, reflect, and contemplate. Overall, I was drawn into the book with the first paragraph and I was fully engaged in this tangled crime thriller.This was a fantastic debut novel by an author I hope releases another book soon. If you like thrillers with lots of twists, turns and action, you may enjoy this book as much as I did.Thanks to HarperCollins Publishers – William Morrow and Heather Chavez for an ARC of this novel via NetGalley and the opportunity to provide an honest review. Opinions are mine alone and are not biased in any way.
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  • Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    This was a fun, fast paced thriller. Until it wasn't. Sigh. Cassie Larkin is driving home one night when she witnesses a man and woman fighting on the side of the road. When the man pushes the woman over the embankment Cassie decides to intervene. The man is obviously not thrilled with having witnesses and leaves her with this ominous message: Let her die, and Ill let you live. The next day, Halloween, Cassie's husband has decided to take their daughter Audrey trick or treating because Cassie This was a fun, fast paced thriller. Until it wasn't. Sigh. Cassie Larkin is driving home one night when she witnesses a man and woman fighting on the side of the road. When the man pushes the woman over the embankment Cassie decides to intervene. The man is obviously not thrilled with having witnesses and leaves her with this ominous message: “Let her die, and I’ll let you live.” The next day, Halloween, Cassie's husband has decided to take their daughter Audrey trick or treating because Cassie is running late as usual. She is feeling terrible that she has once again chosen work over family so she calls Sam to meet up in the neighborhood but he assures her that they will be home in a half hour tops. They never arrive. Cassie scours the neighborhood and manages to find her daughter but her husband is no where to be found. What happened to Sam?This book was rolling right along and I was enjoying it until about the 75% mark. This became so convoluted and outlandish that it became a chore to suspend disbelief anymore. And tedious. So very tedious. I skimmed the last 25% and turned the final page with a roll of the eyes. I think with some fine tuning this could have been better. 3 stars! Thank you to Edelweiss and William Morrow for providing me with a digital ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Amy Imogene Reads
    January 1, 1970
    This is one of those twisty adrenaline-filled thrillers that once you start you literally can't stop. What an impressive debut. Pacing: ★★★★★Villain(s)/Reveal(s): ★★★★Main character: ★★★★★If you witnessed a violent moment between a man and woman at the side of the road while in your car, what would you do? Would you get out? Would you call the police? Cassie Larkin gets out of her car. She's coming home late from her shift at the vet office when she sees a battered woman being chased by a man This is one of those twisty adrenaline-filled thrillers that once you start you literally can't stop. What an impressive debut. Pacing: ★★★★★Villain(s)/Reveal(s): ★★★★Main character: ★★★★★If you witnessed a violent moment between a man and woman at the side of the road while in your car, what would you do? Would you get out? Would you call the police? Cassie Larkin gets out of her car. She's coming home late from her shift at the vet office when she sees a battered woman being chased by a man with a knife on the side of a deserted highway. After a tense confrontation, the attacker tells Cassie something strange. "Your life is a mess. You just don't know it yet. Let her die, and I'll let you live." Then he flees the scene in Cassie's van—which contains her wallet, ID, and personal information. Cassie doesn't abandon the victim, and the woman survives. But now the clock is ticking, and Cassie knows that a potential killer knows her address. Knows about her husband. Knows about her kids. The very next day, her husband is taken. What follows is one of the most intense, pacing-driven thrillers that I have read in a long time. Cassie's propulsive drive to find her husband and solve the mystery of the killer's interest in her and her family was so entertaining, so nerve-wracking, and filled with all of the hard decisions that make you stop and check yourself: would I do that? would I make that jump? would I make that call? would I trust in the police, or would I do it myself?Cassie was the main reason that I loved this story. She is a woman full of flaws and filled with a sense of unworthiness when it comes to her husband and her kids. With that cocktail blend of past guilt and fierce maternal love, her focus on the trail of the murderer goes from 0 to 100 real fast. (I was so here for it). In addition to her drive to find the truth, the reveals as to why Cassie, and why her family, become increasingly clear. In case you're wondering whether this falls closer to A-B-C thriller or twisted mystery, I'll say that the reveals and mystery were definitely a main portion of the story, and boy was I shocked by that ending. It's crazy, but it fits the story. Loved it.Can't wait for Heather Chavez's next thriller. Thank you so much to William Morrow for an ARC of this title in exchange for an honest review.Blog | Instagram
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  • Chris
    January 1, 1970
    Cassie is driving home from her veterinary clinic when she spots a man assaulting woman. She dials 911, but fearing for the woman's life, she makes the I'll fated decision to step in. Before escaping with Cassie's van, keys, and purse, he tells Cassie he'll let her live if she let's the woman die. The next night while trick or treating with their daughter, Cassie's husband Sam disappears.This sets off a twist filled psychological thriller that will leave you breathless. The central characters Cassie is driving home from her veterinary clinic when she spots a man assaulting woman. She dials 911, but fearing for the woman's life, she makes the I'll fated decision to step in. Before escaping with Cassie's van, keys, and purse, he tells Cassie he'll let her live if she let's the woman die. The next night while trick or treating with their daughter, Cassie's husband Sam disappears.This sets off a twist filled psychological thriller that will leave you breathless. The central characters are well developed, considering there are a lot of players in this story. The plot is well put together, though there is definitely some suspension of belief on the reader's part in order to get through the book. Overall, this is a fantastic debut novel that I had a hard time putting down. I highly recommend! I would like to thank Netgalley, author Heather Chavez, publishers William Morrow, and HarperCollins for providing me with a digital copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Faith
    January 1, 1970
    After Cassie Larkin stops the ex-con Carver Sweet from assaulting a woman, he threatens Cassie and drives off in her car. The next night Cassies husband Sam disappears and Cassie is determined to get him back, even when faced with evidence that Sam was having an affair. The search for Sam turns into a full-on battle to protect their children Leo and Audrey. I am usually pretty hard on domestic thrillers like this because I find the plots stupid, predictable and lacking suspense. I didnt have any After Cassie Larkin stops the ex-con Carver Sweet from assaulting a woman, he threatens Cassie and drives off in her car. The next night Cassie’s husband Sam disappears and Cassie is determined to get him back, even when faced with evidence that Sam was having an affair. The search for Sam turns into a full-on battle to protect their children Leo and Audrey. I am usually pretty hard on domestic thrillers like this because I find the plots stupid, predictable and lacking suspense. I didn’t have any of those problems with this book. It was so fast paced that I was excited to keep reading it. I was having such a good time that I even ignored giant holes in the plot and a pretty weak motive for all the mayhem. The book was a lot of fun to read. This was the author’s first book. I hope she doesn’t have a sophomore slump because I will definitely read what she writes next. With respect to the plot holes I mentioned, those who have read the book may want to consider these questions . (view spoiler)[ How did the drugs get switched? How was an entire houseful of people overcome? Who the hell is Damon and why was he assisting? Why did Carter menace Cassie at the hospital? How and why did the dog get poisoned? Why did it take so long for cops to get to the house since they were supposed to be only 10 or 15 minutes behind Cassie? Why did Carter go to prison; don’t they require evidence in California? How did the origami get into the house? (hide spoiler)]I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.
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  • Katie B
    January 1, 1970
    If you are looking for a solid, fast-paced thriller, you might want to check this one out. It's one of those books that is fun to read because you aren't entirely sure what's going to happen next and so you just sit back and enjoy the show. My only real criticism is it gets a tad bit confusing near the end but overall this was a good read.Driving home one night, veterinarian Cassie Larkin sees a woman and man fighting on the side of the road. She calls 911, but against better judgment, she gets If you are looking for a solid, fast-paced thriller, you might want to check this one out. It's one of those books that is fun to read because you aren't entirely sure what's going to happen next and so you just sit back and enjoy the show. My only real criticism is it gets a tad bit confusing near the end but overall this was a good read.Driving home one night, veterinarian Cassie Larkin sees a woman and man fighting on the side of the road. She calls 911, but against better judgment, she gets out of the car hoping she can stop the violent man from attacking the woman. The man escapes before the police arrive and steals Cassie's car which of course has her purse with identifying information. Great, now he knows where she lives. The next day Cassie's husband disappears while trick-or-treating with their daughter. What is going on and is it connected to that man who was attacking the woman? Cassie is going to have to dig for the truth, but is she going to like what she finds out? Oh and because this is a thriller there is a high probability her life is in danger. Buckle up folks for this crazy ride!This is an action packed novel and that is by far the strength as it was one thing after another to hold your interest. While I wouldn't say Cassie is my favorite lead character of all time, I at least felt invested enough in wanting to find out what was going to happen to her and her family. One reason this wasn't a 5 star read for me is there were many characters in this book and eventually it became difficult to keep track of everyone. When you are near the end of a book and you are confused about who is who in regards to some of the characters, that's not a good thing. Also, at times while reading I did want to question whether or not something was entirely realistic. However, this book is meant to be more of a fun, popcorn eating type thriller so I figured it was best to just go with the flow and not analyze it to death.Overall, I recommend this book if you are looking for a decent thriller that explores the subject of what a person might be willing to do in order to protect their family.Thank you to Netgalley and HarperCollins for providing me with an advance digital copy in exchange for an honest review!
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  • Bridgett
    January 1, 1970
    "What? Oh, hell no! Hold up. Huh? Oh, okay."Any Impractical Jokers fans here in Goodreads land? Because this infamous little quote from the show sums up exactly how I felt while reading this book. It started off with a bang, and I was totally in it, thinking to myself, "Whaaat? That's crazy!"Then it slowed down and I got really frustrated with our protagonist, Cassie. She was blindly running around, impeding the police investigation, and generally being all-around annoying. At one point, she did "What? Oh, hell no! Hold up. Huh? Oh, okay."Any Impractical Jokers fans here in Goodreads land? Because this infamous little quote from the show sums up exactly how I felt while reading this book. It started off with a bang, and I was totally in it, thinking to myself, "Whaaat? That's crazy!"Then it slowed down and I got really frustrated with our protagonist, Cassie. She was blindly running around, impeding the police investigation, and generally being all-around annoying. At one point, she did something really stupid and I was all, "Oh, HELL no!" What could she possibly be thinking?Then the story got a little convoluted, and all I could think was, "Hold up." I needed to digest the information.The final 25% of the novel was less than inspired. There were unanswered questions, plot holes galore, and a little too much suspension of belief required. And yep...you guessed it. I said to myself, "HUH?" Finally, the final page. I sighed because I was a little underwhelmed, but a few things had become clear in the interim so it was totally, "Ohhh...okay." Bottom line, I'd say this was pretty good for a debut novel. The plot was sound, and with a bit of tweaking, it would have been a decent novel. As it stands, I'm giving it 2.5 impractical stars. **Many thanks to the publisher for my review copy.
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  • Mackenzie - PhDiva Books
    January 1, 1970
    What a ride!!! This book starts with a bang and takes off at breakneck speed until the very final page. When you start it, just make sure you clear your schedule for the next 24 hours because I promise you wont want to put it down!Honestly I am keeping this review on the shorter side (for me) because of two main reasons: 1. I truly believe that the less you know about the direction this book takes, the better; and 2. I am honestly still processing all of the twists and turns and heart-pounding What a ride!!! This book starts with a bang and takes off at breakneck speed until the very final page. When you start it, just make sure you clear your schedule for the next 24 hours because I promise you won’t want to put it down!Honestly I am keeping this review on the shorter side (for me) because of two main reasons: 1. I truly believe that the less you know about the direction this book takes, the better; and 2. I am honestly still processing all of the twists and turns and heart-pounding moments that make up this book. Do yourself a favor and add it to your list!Cassie is driving home one dark and stormy night when she sees a woman and man on the side of the road fighting. When she tries to help, the man turns and issues one ominous threat “Let her die, and I’ll let you live.”But that is only the beginning. While Cassie helps the woman, the man steals her car with her purse inside. And now he knows all about her. When her husband goes missing the next day while out trick or treating with their daughter, Cassie doesn’t know what to think. Was it the man who threatened her? Or did her husband Sam leave her finally after months of him growing more and more distant from her?I’m not going to say much more, which honestly is frustrating because there is SO much more to this book than what I just captured. I think I can safely say that in the hours and days that follow Sam’s disappearance, things get more complicated. Cassie reports the disappearance to the police, who can’t do much since Sam is an adult. And then there are the text messages she gets from Sam confessing to leaving her. But is it really Sam texting her? As she tracks down clues, evidence seems to pile up. But the evidence is pointing directly towards her!This is one of those books where—similar to Cassie—you just don’t always know what is real and what is faked. As two initial scenarios divide—that Sam left Cassie and that the man from the night before is after her family—I found myself questioning everything. And soon more scnearios will start to break off from those, until you are looking at so many possibilities as to make your head spin!And trust me when I say you’ll meet some other characters and witnesses along the way. You’ll get to know more about Cassie’s marriage. You’ll find quick, short chapters that accelerate the pace. You’ll find webs of twists and turns that you can absolutely lose yourself in. And finally, you’ll have a whirlwind ending that you’ll think about days after. Truly a mind-bending thriller!A word of advice going into this—just enjoy the ride! Don’t try to overthink it too much, don’t get too caught up in how realistic you find certain elements. And most importantly, don’t turn out the lights!Thank you to TLC Book Tours and William Morrow Books for my copy. Opinions are my own.
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  • Denise
    January 1, 1970
    Add this book to the list of books that I shake my head after finishing and wonder if I read the same book, as I have read many 5 stars reviews for this one, but for me, it didn't come anywhere close to that mark!The premise was intriguing, and I thought it started out strong with veterinarian Cassie, driving alone on a rainy night, when she suddenly spots a man attacking a woman on the side of the road. Literally, that's where it all went downhill for me though. Cassie stops and calls 911, but Add this book to the list of books that I shake my head after finishing and wonder if I read the same book, as I have read many 5 stars reviews for this one, but for me, it didn't come anywhere close to that mark!The premise was intriguing, and I thought it started out strong with veterinarian Cassie, driving alone on a rainy night, when she suddenly spots a man attacking a woman on the side of the road. Literally, that's where it all went downhill for me though. Cassie stops and calls 911, but instead of waiting for the police to get there, she leaves the car running and gets out and confronts the man, who then makes a veiled threat to Cassie and proceeds to steal her car with her purse and wallet with all of her personal information inside. The next night, while trick-or-treating with their young daughter, Cassie’s husband, high school teacher Sam, ditches their daughter with some random lady he recognizes from their daughter's school and disappears - but not completely - as he keeps sending her strange texts. Come to find out, teacher Sam, who just so happens to teach at the same high school as their 15 year-old son, was suspended weeks earlier for suggestions of an inappropriate relationship with a student; but Cassie has no clue about it and thinks Sam has been out with the flu (really?!). Enter bumbling Detective Rico who investigates Sam's disappearance and follows a trail that suggests either Cassie or her 15-year-old son is involved in Sam’s disappearance. Somehow though, Cassie always seems to be a step ahead of Detective Rico and of course, puts all the pieces together on her own.I won't even get into all of the weird rabbit trails into which this book digresses - affairs, suggestions of pedophilia, abused children, kidnapped children, an estranged dad who lives thousands of miles away but is still an oddly integral piece of the puzzle - I could go on and on. The plot is beyond far-fetched and is so disjointed, it made my head hurt. Chavez tries to throw in every twist imaginable and frankly, none of them worked for me. While I generally love a book that I can't figure out the ending, this storyline is just too implausible for ANYONE to figure out. It's a head-shaking, shoulder-shrugging, 2 stars for me.
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  • Aga Durka
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 thrilling stars!!I am very impressed with No Bad Deed as being a debut suspense/thriller book. This was a fast-paced, heart pounding and an addictive reading experience for me. The story was so cleverly plotted that I could never figure out what was really going on and how the author will resolve the twisted line of events that she has weaved throughout the book. There was a lot of characters to follow and many events to keep track of, however in the end it was all worth it. I loved the 4.5 thrilling stars!!I am very impressed with No Bad Deed as being a debut suspense/thriller book. This was a fast-paced, heart pounding and an addictive reading experience for me. The story was so cleverly plotted that I could never figure out what was really going on and how the author will resolve the twisted line of events that she has weaved throughout the book. There was a lot of characters to follow and many events to keep track of, however in the end it was all worth it. I loved the ending, and yes, it was all a little far-fetched but this is what makes this book so gripping and exciting. While reading this book I kept thinking about another book, or rather a series of books, the Stillhouse Lake series. The main character, Cassie, reminded me so much of Gwen Proctor, and her relentless quest to keep her children safe and sound. Cassie is a strong and resourceful character that will stop at nothing to keep her kids safe and get her husband back home alive. She quickly became my personal, fictional hero, even though I found her a little reckless and naive at times.I highly recommend this book to anyone that is looking for a fast-paced, action packed thriller that will keep the reader guessing till the final pages.Thank you NetGalley, William Morrow publisher, and the author for providing me with an ARC copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.
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  • Julie (JuJu)
    January 1, 1970
    I read the message: If no good deed goes unpunished, the consequences of the bad ones should be even worse, dont you agree? So its time to make a choice. Realistic, intense, fast-paced and so very twisted! Prepare yourself for a wild ride through this mind-blowing debut. Cassie stops on the side of the road to help a woman in need...now her husband is missing. Coincidence? Or could the two events be connected?The world can be such a messed up place at times, its hard to say when and if you “I read the message: If no good deed goes unpunished, the consequences of the bad ones should be even worse, don’t you agree? So it’s time to make a choice.” Realistic, intense, fast-paced and so very twisted! Prepare yourself for a wild ride through this mind-blowing debut. Cassie stops on the side of the road to help a woman in need...now her husband is missing. Coincidence? Or could the two events be connected?The world can be such a messed up place at times, it’s hard to say when and if you should stop and help a stranger...especially if you’re a woman. The plot was clever, original and full of action. And once the secrets and twists started popping up towards the end...OMG! I could not stop reading! Harlan Coben is one of my favorite authors, so when I saw him mentioned in the book blurb, I had to grab this one. Congrats to Ms. Chavez on her wonderful debut!Thank you to NetGalley / Willam Morrow / Heather Chavez for this digital ARC, in exchange for my honest review!My Rating: 4.5 ⭐️’s (rounding up) Published: February 18th 2020 by William MorrowPages: 320Recommended: Yes!#NetGalley #[email protected] @WmMorrowBooksMy review can be found on: Goodreads, Twitter, Amazon, BN.com, Pinterest and BookBub.
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  • Danielle (The Blonde Likes Books)
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed this one! Suspenseful and creepy, and it was just what I needed.
  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    If youre looking for your next pacey, entertaining and just downright fun thriller then look no further friends because NBD is it! I havent seen much about this one in the book world, which is a shame because in a sea of boring, predictable thrillers that all feel and sound the same this one is a standout. Huge thanks to my girl Chelsea @suspensethrill for putting this one on my radar, it was just the book I needed to restore my faith in thrillers once again!Im gonna keep this fairly short If you’re looking for your next pacey, entertaining and just downright fun thriller then look no further friends because NBD is it! I haven’t seen much about this one in the book world, which is a shame because in a sea of boring, predictable thrillers that all feel and sound the same this one is a standout. Huge thanks to my girl Chelsea @suspensethrill for putting this one on my radar, it was just the book I needed to restore my faith in thrillers once again!I’m gonna keep this fairly short because A, it’s a thriller and the less you know the better, and B it went in several unexpected directions that surprised me and I want you to be surprised too! You may need to suspend disbelief a few times, but guys when a thriller is as fun and twisty as this one was, who minds letting things go a bit? Not me! It’s worth it, especially if you like a dark and addictive read
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  • Carrie
    January 1, 1970
    Review coming soon.
  • Linda Strong
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 STARSCassie is driving home one night and sees a man beating on a young woman by the side of the road. She makes the decision to get out of her car to stop the man from killing the woman. He pulls away but has an ominous threat for her .... Let her die, and Ill let you live.The next night.. which is Halloween night... Cassie's husband takes their two kids trick-or-treating. Hours later and they haven't returned. Cassie takes off and finds her young daughter in the care of two women that she 4.5 STARSCassie is driving home one night and sees a man beating on a young woman by the side of the road. She makes the decision to get out of her car to stop the man from killing the woman. He pulls away but has an ominous threat for her .... “Let her die, and I’ll let you live.”The next night.. which is Halloween night... Cassie's husband takes their two kids trick-or-treating. Hours later and they haven't returned. Cassie takes off and finds her young daughter in the care of two women that she doesn't know. But where did her husband go? Reaching home, she finds that her husband's car is gone. Looking at the surveillance tape, she sees a man opening the car door and leaving.The man she sees is the man who was assaulting the woman by the side of the road.And then the text messages start ... but she doesn't believe they are from her husband. Someone has been in her house ... the man or someone else? What do they want? And most importantly ... where is her husband?This debut novel is full of suspense and surprises. The plot is nicely paced and this begs the question ..how far would you go to protect your family? The characters are deftly drawn and quite memorable.Many thanks to the author / HarperCollins Publishers / William Morrow / Netgalley for the digital copy of this psychological thriller. Read and reviewed voluntarily, opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.
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  • Samantha Bailey
    January 1, 1970
    NO BAD DEED is Heather Chavez's debut, and what a sensational debut it is! Gripping from the first line, this explosive, breathless suspense is one of my favorite books of 2019. It is intricately, expertly plotted, fast-paced, and kept me on the edge of my seat through every stunning word. I highly, highly recommend it.
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    If you are looking for something fast-paced that you will be glued to all night, this is a perfect choice. It's a thriller in the vein of Harlan Coben or Linwood Barclay, where a bad thing happens to an ordinary, decent suburban person and from there it speeds along as the protagonist is sucked into a crazy plot and probably has to rescue their perfect All-American family. This suburban person may or may not be someone who would bore you to death in a book focused on character development (in If you are looking for something fast-paced that you will be glued to all night, this is a perfect choice. It's a thriller in the vein of Harlan Coben or Linwood Barclay, where a bad thing happens to an ordinary, decent suburban person and from there it speeds along as the protagonist is sucked into a crazy plot and probably has to rescue their perfect All-American family. This suburban person may or may not be someone who would bore you to death in a book focused on character development (in this case, she is), but they are just fine for non-stop action. The plot here was a bit outlandish, and I'm not sure I followed every convoluted thread by the end, but it absolutely delivered on maintaining my interest! Would definitely recommend if you are looking for something a bit mindless, but exciting.*I received a free ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Christy
    January 1, 1970
    I was going to give this book 3 pages to interest me and then I was planning on moving on to another book. NOPE. I was hooked on the first page, best thing I have read in a very long time. Very fast paced, I just could not stop reading it. Stayed up way, way too late the first night reading. When I woke up the next morning my first thought was "where is my book". There was no mid-book lull, just excellent start to finish.Thank you, thank you to Goodreads Giveaways for a copy of this book. Best I was going to give this book 3 pages to interest me and then I was planning on moving on to another book. NOPE. I was hooked on the first page, best thing I have read in a very long time. Very fast paced, I just could not stop reading it. Stayed up way, way too late the first night reading. When I woke up the next morning my first thought was "where is my book". There was no mid-book lull, just excellent start to finish.Thank you, thank you to Goodreads Giveaways for a copy of this book. Best one yet!
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  • Angie Elle
    January 1, 1970
    ARC from NetgalleyIve always been a fan of Thrillers, particularly in movies, but it wasnt until last year that I really grew to love them on page. And I have to say, if I could take one of the Thrillers Ive read and have it appear on the big screen, it would be this one! Its mind boggling to me that No Bad Deed is a debut. This is a book I lived and breathed while I was reading it; I dont think wild horses could have pulled me away. When Cassie Larkin stops one rainy night to help a woman whos ARC from NetgalleyI’ve always been a fan of Thrillers, particularly in movies, but it wasn’t until last year that I really grew to love them on page. And I have to say, if I could take one of the Thrillers I’ve read and have it appear on the big screen, it would be this one! It’s mind boggling to me that No Bad Deed is a debut. This is a book I lived and breathed while I was reading it; I don’t think wild horses could have pulled me away. When Cassie Larkin stops one rainy night to help a woman who’s the victim of an assault in progress, she has no idea how much her life is about to change. And the next day, when her husband goes missing, she’s convinced he was kidnapped. But the more digs, the more she wonders if it has to do with the shaky ground their marriage was on. To say that this book was full of twists and turns would be an understatement. There were so many players in this book; nothing was what it seemed, and things were so messed up. Even Cassie, whose point of view I was reading from, was suspect to me. There was also a twist at the end of this book that was clear the reader was supposed to see coming, but Cassie had no idea, and it really ramped up everything that was happening and had my pulse pounding.I’m not going to say any more about the plot, because I think there are lots of things that would be considered spoilery, but know that this book was so enthralling and is not to be missed if you enjoy a good Mystery/Thriller. It’s hard to believe that this book wasn’t even on my radar until a random email put it there. And I am so thankful that it did! No Bad Deed had the same feel that the older movie Double Jeopardy did (the one with Ashley Judd and Tommy Lee Jones,) and similar to that movie, this one is about the lengths a woman will go to to get her family back and keep them safe. Obviously I would recommend this book to you, but I am left with one burning question: Heather Chavez, if this is what you come out of the gate with, what the hell else do you have up your sleeve?
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  • Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader
    January 1, 1970
    What the What did I just read? And they say this is Chavez's first book. She knocked it out of the ball park. How will she ever write a better one than this one. Debut books are usually okay. That's not the case with this debut. So much was happening from the first chapter to the very last. You will not know what's going to happen next and who is doing it. Thriller of all thrillers you have just got to read this book. Best roller coaster ride ever.5 stars and I HIGHLY recommend it. JUST READ IT What the What did I just read? And they say this is Chavez's first book. She knocked it out of the ball park. How will she ever write a better one than this one. Debut books are usually okay. That's not the case with this debut. So much was happening from the first chapter to the very last. You will not know what's going to happen next and who is doing it. Thriller of all thrillers you have just got to read this book. Best roller coaster ride ever.5 stars and I HIGHLY recommend it. JUST READ IT AND THANK ME LATER!The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.
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  • Carol
    January 1, 1970
    I usually dont like to describe books with a line of adjectives but I have to say that [No Bad Deed] is compellinghypnotic suspenseful and down right menacing. I dont want to give anything away, but there a few times that the reader will have suspend their disbelief as sometimes Cassies reactions seem a bit off. What it will succeed in doing is to make the Good Samaritan in most all of us think that maybe next time you should let the next guy help. Overall it is a thriller that will delight all I usually don’t like to describe books with a line of adjectives but I have to say that [No Bad Deed] is compelling…hypnotic… suspenseful and down right menacing. I don’t want to give anything away, but there a few times that the reader will have suspend their disbelief as sometimes Cassie’s reactions seem a bit off. What it will succeed in doing is to make the “Good Samaritan” in most all of us think that maybe next time you should let the next guy help. Overall it is a thriller that will delight all fans of this genre. I received an advance copy of this book from William Morrow/Harper Collins Publishers, in exchange for an honest review. The opinions are entirely all my own.
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  • Shannon
    January 1, 1970
    Heather Chavezs debut is a stunning thriller. Well developed characters and a surprising storyline. The main character discusses hindsight and who knows what the best choice is? To stop and help or to just keep on going? Highly recommend! Heather Chavez’s debut is a stunning thriller. Well developed characters and a surprising storyline. The main character discusses hindsight and who knows what the best choice is? To stop and help or to just keep on going? Highly recommend!
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  • Jamie
    January 1, 1970
    This debut novel by Heather Chavez does not disappoint! Reminiscent of Gone Girl for me....many twists and turns that kept me guessing until the very end. Cant wait to see what she writes next! *I received an Advanced Readers copy of this through a Goodreads Giveaway. This debut novel by Heather Chavez does not disappoint! Reminiscent of Gone Girl for me....many twists and turns that kept me guessing until the very end. Can’t wait to see what she writes next! *I received an Advanced Readers copy of this through a Goodreads Giveaway.
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  • ABookwormWithWine
    January 1, 1970
    WOW! No Bad Deed by Heather Chavez might be a debut novel but it sure doesn't read that way. It was super twisty and suspenseful, and I never saw the end coming!! I was really in the mood for a fast-paced thriller and I found that in No Bad Deed. I loved Chavez's writing style and the way the book flowed, and I found myself on the edge of my seat for much of it. My mouth dropped open for a couple of revelations and I think this will be a hard one to guess before the end, even for some die hard WOW! No Bad Deed by Heather Chavez might be a debut novel but it sure doesn't read that way. It was super twisty and suspenseful, and I never saw the end coming!! I was really in the mood for a fast-paced thriller and I found that in No Bad Deed. I loved Chavez's writing style and the way the book flowed, and I found myself on the edge of my seat for much of it. My mouth dropped open for a couple of revelations and I think this will be a hard one to guess before the end, even for some die hard thriller lovers!There were a bunch of lines that made me laugh out loud, and I even read one to my mom. I really loved this about No Bad Deed! I think this is a really good one to go into mostly blind so I will spare you any details, but if you love thrillers and want something fast-paced then reading No Bad Deed is an absolute MUST! I already can't wait to see what Chavez comes up with next and I am an instant fan of her. Thank you to the publisher for my advance review copy via NetGalley. All opinions and thoughts are my own.
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  • Mandy White
    January 1, 1970
    Really disappointed
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