Review: Beach Wedding by Michael Ledwidge

Author: Michael Ledwidge
Publisher: Hanover Square Press
Released: February 15, 2022
Received: NetGalley

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Beach Wedding by Michael Ledwidge is perhaps a bit of a paradoxical title, as who would ever picture something horrible happening at a beach wedding? And yet this read is very much a suspenseful thriller book, making it perfect for those that love the genre.

Terry Rourke should probably just be enjoying this vacation – a vacation that is entirely paid for thanks to his brother’s impending marriage. But instead, he can’t help but look to the past. Decades ago, a murder trial changed his family and the town, and for some reason, it keeps coming to mind while he’s trying to enjoy himself.

“There are reasons why some people leave the place they were born and raised and never come back. Usually, they’re very good reasons.”

There is something so eerily familiar about Beach Wedding. Is it kind of like a case of deja vu? Only in this case, I haven’t experienced the story personally (thank goodness for that!). Rather, it feels very much in line with this genre of thrillers.

That’s not a bad thing, to be clear. It makes it the perfect beach read if you ask me. A bit ironic, I know. But still very appropriate. Overall, I would have to say that Beach Wedding is an entertaining read that knows how to balance pace with revelations. It was easy to stay invested in this book. It didn’t take me long to devour it – another positive mark.

Oh! I think I figured it out. Beach Wedding reminds me of the earlier days in James Patterson’s writing, but with a few variations. Again, not a bad thing. Just trying to place that familiar feeling. I would love to hear what other readers think of this, as I might be wrong. Maybe Beach Wedding reminds them of a different author? Only time will tell. Either way, I’m looking forward to seeing how Michael Ledwidge’s writing progresses with time.

Thanks to Hanover Square Press and #NetGalley for making this book available for review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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About Liz (AKA Cat)

I am an avid animal lover, photographer, reader, and much more. While my photography blog is feeling a bit neglected at the moment, the other sites I'm involved in are going strong. ✧I review books, comics, and basically anything else in the literary world over at Quirky Cat's Fat Stacks (of Books). ✧I review comics and books, as well as write content for Word of the Nerd. ✧I review comics for Monkeys Fighting Robots. ✧I write content for Screen Rant and CBR. ✧I write book reviews for The Review Crew.
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