The Wrong Good Deed, a review by Shelley

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Caroline B. Cooney

Poisoned Pen Press
Publication Date: May 2nd, 2023
272 Pages
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This was my first book by this author and I was left wanting, wanting to know more about Clemmie especially. The book felt like it was missing something, or I was. And then I realized this is part two of Before She Was Helen! I had no idea and had not read the first book.

The beginning of the book was suspenseful and I felt the tension while reading but the ending felt a little rushed and seemed unfinished, the book is very short page-wise. Cooney mixes past and present with sensitive issues like ageism and racism, especially those at the forefront of the 1960s. That is usually a very enjoyable topic for me, I love Southern fiction especially of the historical kind.

I enjoyed the senior angle as there aren’t a lot of books that have older women of a certain age as the main characters but the whole Clemmie angle should have been left out as she already had her book…it added nothing and was dissatisfying. There was lots of internal dialogue and that’s okay sometimes as you can get inside a character’s head but there was lots of saying and not enough doing. I loved the premise but the book lacked in the execution.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the Advance Readers Copy.

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