Synopsis (from Amazon)
Charlie Davies lacks, well, skills. Hand-eye coordination. Life skills. Doing her taxes, transferable work skills, anger management – you get the picture. So when somehow she manages to trick the owner of a security company into giving her a job, she’s rather pleased. That is, until she starts to think that maybe she’s the one who’s been tricked…
Then there’s her former high-school nemesis, James McKenzie, accused of his uncle’s murder, who jokingly offers Charlie twenty thousand dollars and a house to clear his name. Charlie, who (like one of life’s true winners) still lives with her parents, takes him up on the deal. What’s the worst that could happen, right? (Oh yes, she actually thought that.) Unfortunately, that means McKenzie keeps hanging around, annoying her, and sometimes, even worse, being nice. The audacity of this guy.
Things start to heat up a little for Charlie. Not in that way. (But kind of in that way.) And what if, after all this, McKenzie turns out to be guilty? What if she doesn’t get paid?
Charlie might actually go insane.
Or, you know, end up dead.
Either way, what a ride, right?
I recently finished reading this recent release by Clare Kauter. Kauter is a talented new writer, who has created a likeable protagonist in Charlie Davies. Charlie is a young adult, actually still a teenager, who tells her story in a light conversational tone, sprinkled with a healthy dose of dry humor. The kind that makes you laugh out loud. An unplanned job change, a local murder, and a bet with an old friend – who happens to be the prime suspect – make for an interesting and unpredictable chain of events as Charlie becomes more and more involved in trying to discover who killed the town millionaire. In the end, when everything came together, I was genuinely surprised to find out who the true culprit was. All in all, an enjoyable read.
Losing Your Head is available on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00TKIBO30
Note: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author. This did not influence my review in any way.