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One of Us Is Dead by Jeneva Rose

About the Book- One of Us Is Dead

The highly anticipated new thriller from the bestselling author of The Perfect Marriage.

Opulence. Sex. Betrayal … Sometimes friendship can be deadly.

Meet the women of Buckhead—a place of expensive cars, huge houses, and competitive friendships.

Shannon was once the queen bee of Buckhead. But she’s been unceremoniously dumped by Bryce, her politician husband. When Bryce replaces her with a much younger woman, Shannon sets out to take revenge …

Crystal has stepped into Shannon’s old shoes. A young, innocent Texan girl, she simply has no idea what she’s up against …

Olivia has waited years to take Shannon’s crown as the unofficial queen of Buckhead. Finally, her moment has come. But to take her rightful place, she will need to use every backstabbing, manipulative, underhand trick in the book …

Jenny owns Glow, the most exclusive salon in town. Jenny knows all her clients’ secrets and darkest desires. But will she ever tell?

Who amongst these women will be clever enough to survive Buckhead—and who will wind up dead? They say that friendships can be complex, but no one said it could ever be this deadly.

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“People that get their way think they’re the ones in control. But the ones that give are the ones that rule. It’s not the politician in office, but the donor behind the check that wields the sword.”

Read on for our review of One of Us Is Dead by Jeneva Rose

Our Review of One of Us Is Dead by Jeneva Rose

One of us is dead, seems to be picking up on the “One of us is lying” trend. The book takes up this theme and sets it in a Rich Housewives club rather than High School. It is more of a desperate housewife meets Gossip girl vibes but a bit more ruthless, secretive and manipulative. I did enjoy the book and even though the plot had a beaten path feel to it, I will admit it did surprise me in a few instances.

I had this book on audiobook and one of the things about the narration was really interesting. I don’t know if it was intentional or if I am overinterpreting it. There was this weird way in which the narrator played with the voice modulation that sort of spoke volumes. For example, let us say there is a scene between A and B and while this particular scene is being narrated with A’s POV, the narrator would make the voice of B snobby, a bit high nosed and then when it is B’s turn of POV the narrator would change it to a normal tone. So I actually found it brilliant because it was almost like how in real life we all make a particular image of the other person and probably listen to whatever they say in that prejudiced tone.  

So if I take an example from the book itself, Let’s say the character of Karen. so when Karen is narrating a scene, the audiobook artist makes sure to make her sound absolutely normal. In any other scene where it is a different character’s Pov Lets say, Olivia, then the audio artist would tweak the voice of Karen, to make her sound like this rich and spoiled woman with attitude, as if that’s how Olivia sees Karen, exactly like a rich and spoiled woman. I don’t know why but that grabbed my attention and I thought that little trick was a brilliant touch. Perhaps it was my brain overworking or perhaps that was exactly what the artist was aiming for. Either way, it was a brilliant tactic.

No doubt these are all desperate housewives gathering at a saloon session and digging for dirt on each other but kudos to the book for doing it tastefully and amazingly. I had my doubts about the book in the beginning but the book kept mixing in a lot of tricks and secrets that it kept on become spicier.


In conclusion, I would say that the book plays on the secrets of rich housewives very brilliantly and it definitely has kept its secrets close so that the readers get hooked till the very end. I did enjoy the book. However, you will have to let the book settle down with all the character intros and their backstories. Once it gets rolling, things get better and more interesting.

Squirrel Rating

Squirrel Rating- 4 Stars

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