2015 Reading Challenge
35. Unleashed by Emily Kimelman
Theme/Topic: book with a one word title
When the series begins Sydney Rye is named Joy Humbolt. She does not like people telling her what to do, so it comes as no surprise that she was just fired from her last job. When she buys Charlene Miller's dog-walking business on Manhattan's exclusive upper east side, it seems like the perfect fit: Quiet environment, minimal contact with people. But then one of her clients turns up dead, and Charlene disappears. Rumors say Charlene was having an affair with the victim--and of course, everyone assumes Joy must know where she is. Joy begins to look into the crime, first out of curiosity then out of anger when there is another murder and threats start to come her way. When police detective Mulberry is assigned to the case, Joy finds a kindred spirit--cynical and none-too-fond of the human race. As they dig deep into the secrets of Manhattan's elite, they not only get closer to the killer but also to a point of no return. One last murder sends Joy Humbolt hurtling over the edge. Her only chance of survival is to become Sydney Rye.
When I came across this book for free from Bookbub, it sounded good. Unfortunately, things aren't always what they seem like at first. That was the way with this. For starters, it was filled with more profanity than could have ever imagined. And yes, there was a warning about that, but certain words were overused.
In short, Joy can't get her life together. Right from the start, we find out that she lost her dog (as well as job) and to deal with that, she adopts an enormous mutt and names him Blue. She reluctantly takes on a job as a dog-walker and is thrown into a world of gossip and such with the other dog-walkers. Joy stumbles across the body of a client and then rumors start up. Since she's kind of considered a suspect by the police (as is the case with anyone who finds a body at first), Joy gets involved in trying to find the killer by investigating on her own. In the meantime she also fools around with one of the detectives. When it starts getting personal and close to home, Joy doesn't let anything get in her way. Without going into detail, at the end Joy has no choice but to change her name to Sydney Rye to run away/go into hiding from the police.
Overall, Unleashed was an example of bad writing in a way. Not to mention that a couple of the plotlines were either out of place or lacked spark. It's safe to say that I won't be reading any more in this series.
Happy Reading and Keep on Writing!