Book Review: Empty Shell by: Ashley Fontainne

Publisher: RMSW Press

Publication Date: September 29, 2014

Origins:  From Author for Review

Synopsis: A pair of pink, silk underwear… 

The quiet world of Melody and Jack Dickinson is about to be turned upside down. Twenty years of marriage hangs in the balance when Melody finds out about Jack’s infidelity. The betrayal is made worse when Melody discovers his lover is Serena Rowland, a young woman who works at Melody’s law firm. 

A receipt from an overpriced hotel… 

Harsh words are exchanged before Melody storms off to work, determined to have Serena fired. But when Melody hears Serena was murdered over the weekend, everything changes. Serena’s body is found beaten and strangled with a pair of pink, silk panties, in the same hotel that Jack had admitted staying at over the weekend. Within seconds of hearing the news, Melody’s life spins out of control when Jack calls in a panic. The police are at their home to arrest him for Serena’s murder. 

Pictures of a young woman’s scantily clad torso on a cell phone… 

Was she married to a monster? One who beat and strangled the young woman to death, or was Jack set up? Did Melody’s own dark secret, hidden inside her heart for years, have something to do with the nightmare they suddenly find themselves in? 

Melody and Jack are about to discover that one fateful mistake will destroy many.

Review: Melody Dickinson’s life has turned inside out when she discovers the evidence of her husband’s infidelity. After a huge argument, Melody goes to work where the adulteress is a secretary and the daughter of one of the firm’s biggest client. She begs her boss to fire the girl, but she finds out instead Serena is dead – murdered at the hands of Melody’s husband, Jack. Melody wonders if she ever even knew her husband at all. Did the secrets between the Dickinsons lead to their marriage failing and the rage which killed her husband’s lover? EMPTY SHELL is a compelling drama with tidbits of biblical wisdom which helps Melody through her ordeal. Melody isn’t willing to give up on Jack and his innocence once she works though her doubts. The characters are well-developed and the reader follows along with Melody as she searches for the truth. EMPTY SHELL is a mystery which will keep you guessing until the explosive end.


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