Southern Charm Society by Kelly Utt is a standalone suspense thriller. I love her writing style. It’s like a breath of fresh air because of the unique combination of thrilling suspense with unexpected twists and turns and also very heart touching, as she beautifully portrays the ups and downs in a family relationship. Her focus on family makes her books more human. I especially enjoyed reading The Rosemary Run series and this book is very charming indeed.
Speaking of Southern Charm Society, I am very impressed with the way, Kelly has presented a beautiful, delicate, relationship between a mother and her estranged daughter, who also has some issues dealing with her teenage daughter. I loved it very much and almost had tears in my eyes towards the climax. This is another feather in the cap for Kelly. Very beautiful, adorable, and interesting book.
Set against the locations of Nashville and New Orleans, the story begins with Ruthie Flores who’s almost on her death bed and under a hospice care, pining to reunite with her estranged daughter, Meredith. She asks her caretaker, Dahlia , to attend the phone call and the caller is none other than her old friend, Mitch Weller, to whom she has entrusted the task of finding her daughter. Ruthie hesitates to answer him because of her internal fears. She has a dark secret that damaged her relationship with Meredith Flores, her daughter after her husband, Pete, died under mysterious circumstances, fifteen years ago.
Meanwhile, Meredith severed her ties with her mom, and settled in New Orleans with her husband Silas, and daughter, Rosemarie, with their three dogs, Alphie, Sara, and Calliope. Rosemarie surprises them with a startling news that someone has been watching them. Meredith is taken aback as she thinks that the stranger might be responsible for the blackmail threats that she received. Who’s is this stranger?
Looks like her family is in great danger because of her horrific past. What kind of secret is Meredith hiding from her family?
Will Ruthie be successful in tracing her daughter? Will Meredith ever forgive her mother? Ruthie has also kept another secret from Meredith which could affect their relationship forever. There are startling revelations that would certainly keep you engrossed. I never anticipated such a fabulous twist in the tale and Kelly has done a wonderful job of maintaining the suspense until the end. I had to force myself to get up from the chair to do my household chores.
This book is certainly different from the crime thrillers that I love to read. Highly recommend it for reading. As for Author Kelly Utt, I am a huge fan and thank her for entertaining her readers with awesome books like The Rosemary Run series, The Ithaca Falls and Hideaway Isle series.
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