Melody by Stacy DeanneMelody
by Stacy Deanne
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Reviewed by: Delonya Conyers
November 2008


Author Stacy-Deanne weaves two stories into one book with her latest release Melody. The first story centers on the title character Melody Cruz, who's very suspicious of her sister's new boyfriend Keith. Truth be told Melody has never liked any of her sister, Sarah's boyfriends but her concerns are well founded with Keith who she catches watching her undress. Keith's perverted ways aren't Melody's only concerns but she's having a hard time convincing her sister to see past Keith's good looks, charm, and wealth. Melody's determination to end her sister's relationship becomes dangerous when Keith discovers that Melody has been digging into his past.

The second story interweaved into the book is about a rapist who's terrorizing the city and has been labeled the "Albany Predator". The rapist is only attacking black women making Melody's best friend Aileen a prime candidate. Between the worrying about both Sarah and Aileen's safety, Melody is barely able to focus on herself or her blooming relationship with Lucas Lawson.

Meanwhile, the two detectives assigned to the "Albany Predator" case, Brianna Morris and Steven Kemp, have their hands full with terrified victims and no leads. But they also have no idea just how close to home this case is about to hit. The evidence is pointing in a very unlikely direction! Both stories manage to flow nicely together while sharing the same setting and central character, Melody.

What did you like about the book?
The "Albany Predator" story line was a great detective story and could have stood alone as a crime novel.

What did you dislike about the book?
The Keith and Sarah story line moved too slowly at the beginning. Melody's withholding of crucial information from Sarah made her appear weak and unsure of herself.

What could the author do to improve the book?
The title character, Melody, needed more self confidence to pull off the Keith-Sarah storyline. Melody came off as whiney and insecure making that story line drag. Readers need to relate with title characters especially if the book is going to be centered around them.


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