Book Review – Chasing Symmetry

(Riley’s Peak #1)

by Tempeste Blake

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2 Review

 Brittany, Top Reviewer
BookGobbler & Brittany’s Pages
  Julia Wilson
Christian Bookaholic



Britanny's Pages Book Review by Brittany

A Murder Thriller with a Shocking Twist!

Bianca James thinks she has her life together. She teaches art at the local college, dotes on her car Picasso, and she has a wonderful best friend. But when Bianca discovers a murdered woman in the school’s storage closet, things become a bit more complicated.

Finn Tierny has returned to Riley’s Peak to help take care of his father. He joins the police force and is part of the crew that responds to the murder scene. He is surprised to see Bianca, his former art teacher and his older brother’s ex-girlfriend.

Soon after the murder, Bianca begins to receive threats  and Finn does all he can to keep her safe. The two begin to fall for each other, even with Finn’s brother Dylan trying win Bianca back. Everything comes crashing down and Bianca’s life is put in danger in a clever twist of an ending.

Chasing Symmetry started off really strong, I flew through the first few chapters with the murder investigation and then it started to slow down. I had to put it down and come back to it later.
The novel stands as both a murder mystery and a love story. Police are trying to find the murderer and Finn is in love with Bianca, and wants to keep her safe.

As a love story, it wasn’t believable enough for me. Bianca is caught in two interconnecting love triangles. One with brothers Dylan and Finn, the other with Dylan and his now girlfriend Jewel. On Finn’s side, the narrative is that he comes back to town and immediately becomes protective of Bianca (obviously he’s already in love with her). And to be honest, he’s in love with a person he barely knows. The attraction seems to be all physical and that, for me, is a shallow base for a love story. Not to mention that she was his art teacher AND it’s his brother’s ex-girlfriend.

The murder mystery was a little on the slow end in the middle (hence my original 3 star rating), but the clever twist at the end upped my rating. The author introduces several characters that have the potential to be the murderer. It kept me guessing through the whole book and the ending totally blew me away.

If you are a murder mystery fan, definitely give this book a try and see if you can figure out the ending better than I can!

Chasing Symmetry gets 3.5 stars.

Originally Posted on Britanny’s Pages


Reviewed by Julia Wilson

Lies, Secrets And Shattered Lives

Chasing Symmetry by Tempeste Blake is a marvellous nail-biting contemporary murder mystery that intrigues from the start. Lives are easily shattered. The novel explores how a traumatic event can have far reaching effects. “He couldn’t stop blaming himself.” Unable to face the future except by looking through the bottom of a glass. Trauma changes lives.

Mothers are important. When mothers leave – either through choice or death – families are changed. Children need their mothers. Husbands need their wives. A mother is the glue that holds the family together.
Life can be cruel. Cancer robs us of our loved ones. Sometimes even before death as their personalities change. It is hard to watch as they slowly slip away.
The world sees one face but people are different behind closed doors. “The world was full of people hiding their true identities.” Many people are nursing secrets. There is power in prayer. “If you pray… pray. If you don’t, you might want to start.” Many turn to prayer in a crisis. For others it is a default setting.

Chasing Symmetry’s plotline was well thought out and cleverly constructed. The ending was jaw dropping. I did not see it coming but was totally brilliant. I was engrossed and guessing throughout. The characters were well drawn and realistic with their unique strengths and weaknesses. The main characters were very likable.

Chasing Symmetry is a brilliant read. It would translate perfectly into a movie. I cannot wait for the next book in the series.

Originaly Posted on the Christian Bookaholic