Catia—or Tia—Drakos, is a former police handwriting analyst, a job that took her to dark demented places inside the minds of the worst people in society. Places she couldn’t go anymore and keep her own sanity. Now a real estate appraiser, she spends her days inside elegant, expensive properties all across the sunny Los Angeles area.
If only her private life was going so well. Newly divorced, and freshly engaged to a new man, Tia is trying to move on–maybe too quickly. Though she doesn’t want to admit it, Tia knows something about her new relationship isn’t all it appears. In addition to those doubts, her ex-husband seems unwilling to let her go, encroaching himself in her life.
Shortly after she appraises a friend’s family mansion in Bel Air, her friend disappears. Soon after, Tia starts receiving cryptic notes from someone who clearly knows about her former occupation. Are the notes meant to scare Tia or are they clues to find her missing friend? To find the answers, Tia will have to use skills from a life she thought she left behind, discovering secrets hidden not only within a wealthy family, but among close friends–the very people Tia thought she could trust.
Appraise Her is an incredible novel that will introduce the reader to the protagonist of the story, Tia Drakos, a former handwriting analyst who has left her police work behind for her mental health after years of darkness. Tia, now a real estate appraiser, has the dream job of appraising expensive properties all over Los Angeles and couldn’t be happier. Her personal life however is not going as well as her career, Tia is recently divorced and engaged to a new man, and Tia even though she doesn’t want to admit it, knows something is not right with her new relationship and to complicate matters, her ex-husband doesn’t want to let her go.
The reader will follow Tia as she tries to manage her personal life with her career but when her friend, whose home she recently appraises, goes missing, she will embark on a journey to find out what has happened. The reader will follow Tia as she starts to receive cryptic notes and she will have to enlist all of her skills to protect herself and find her missing friend and this book lovers is the short premise of the incredible Appraise Her!
The story of Appraise Her is a stellar one that had me intrigued from the very start. I love any story with a mystery/chase theme, so I knew from the beginning that Appraise Her would deliver thanks to these themes and wow did it! From the start the reader is immediately thrust into the thick of the story, the reader will feel as if their breath has been knocked out of them by how fast the reader is pushed into the thick of the plot. I personally love this approach with a novel, especially if it is a thriller/mystery-based one; what is the point in waiting for the action to start? None in my opinion so that is why I love how the excellent author Paula Priamos decided to throw her readers into the story; it made for an exhilarating read, one that I would recommend to all of you lovely readers!
Paula Priamos is a phenomenal writer who knows how to grasp her reader’s attention from the first page. Priamos instead of writing long build-ups thrusts her reader into the heart of the story straight away so that the reader is immersed and captivated by the story quickly. I am impressed by Priamos’s ability and decision to place the reader in the thick of the drama early on because sometimes a long build-up can kill the story before it has even started, so I am impressed with Priamos for her excellent plot device.
Paula Priamos is not only brilliant at weaving intelligent plot devices throughout her book; plot devices such as twists and turns and shocking moments, to entertain her readers, but she is also a fantastic writer for her descriptive literature. The descriptive powers of Priamos will immerse the reader in the novel, as they will be able to imagine the unfolding mystery entirely.
Overall Appraise Her is a chilling, thought-provoking, and captivating story that will easily entertain readers for many days and nights, so I of course have to award the thrilling book five stars! If you are a reader who loves mystery/thriller novels but find they are all similar, then I challenge you to read Appraise Her because it will remind you that there are fantastic novels out there still that are original and highly entertaining! Please do read the preview of the book below; you will not regret it!
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