Book review: Over Her Dead Body by Susan Walter

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Over Her Dead Body by Susan Walter was an impulse purchase. I’ve not been getting many print books for review lately (indeed the only two I’ve received in recent weeks weren’t requested and both non-fiction… which I don’t read) so I’ve been downloading review copies from overseas publishers, many of which aren’t out for a while.

I very much enjoyed Walter’s Lie By The Pool last year and started following her online. It was timely then that she posted that two of her earlier books were on sale. They weren’t actually on special here in Australia but I decided to buy and download Over Her Dead Body as it sounded like the perfect read for a rainy Saturday night ‘in’. And – OMG – what a ride it was! So. Many. Twists. I loved it!

Book review: Over Her Dead Body by Susan WalterOver Her Dead Body
by Susan Walter
Published by Lake Union
on 01/11/2022
Source: Purchased
Genres: Thriller / Suspense
ISBN: 1542029058
Pages: 305

Ashley Brooks’s life isn’t working out as planned. After years of struggling to make it in Hollywood, she’s still waiting for her big break. When fate leads her to the doorstep of legendary casting director Louisa Lake George, Ashley thinks her luck is about to change: the prickly old pro knows about a role she’s perfect for. The aspiring actress never gets to thank her, though, because the day after the audition, Louisa is dead. The bigger shock—she left all her money to Ashley.

Louisa’s grown children arrive stunned and ready to fight. Her nephew tries to play peacemaker, while Ashley grapples with why Louisa would leave her fortune to a stranger—and whether she should keep it. But Ashley quickly discovers everyone, including the dead woman, is hiding something, and it’s a race to get to the truth before someone else winds up dead.

The book unfolds from multiple characters’ points of view. We’re introduced to Louisa early in the book and I quite liked her. (Initially.) She’s threatening to leave all of her money to nephew Nathan, writing off her two ‘ungrateful’ children who she views as disappointments. Nathan refuses the offer so Louisa needs another worthy cause… which brings us to Ashley.

I very much liked Ashley who felt like the lead, even though the storytelling is evenly spread. She’s a wannabe actress and working multiple jobs to make ends meet. It’s Ashley’s dog who brings her into contact with Louisa and Nathan. It’s also fate that Louisa is a former casting agent who offers to help Ashley.

We’re in Louisa’s head however so we know she’s planning something else and about to change Ashley’s life.

We’re also introduced to Louisa’s adult children, her daughter-in-law and Ashley’s flatmate. All of whom are our narrators and have a role to play.

Where Walter takes this is completely unexpected. It starts out as a typical story of disinheritance. But goes somewhere far more twisted. And just when we think we know what’s coming Walter shakes things up again. And ultimately there’s a sense we’ve all been duped. By several of the characters. People aren’t who we thought they were – some are flawed, some doing what they think is right, and others just downright evil.

Over Her Dead Body by Susan Walter was published in 2022.


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