Jeneva Rose | One of Us Is Dead

The Book: 

One Of Us Is Dead by Jeneva Rose

Published April 26th 2022 by Blackstone Publishing
Date read: April 7, 2022

The Characters: 

Well, see the summary I suppose.

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The Plot (from Goodreads):

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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The Twist: 

Olivia was dead.

Bryce and Dean were running a sex trafficking ring. When Crystal found out and went to Olivia for help stopping them, Olivia blew it off and blackmailed the men instead. Crystal went to Shannon, who actually helped her. The whole group (including Jenny and Keisha) conspired to kill Olivia because rich people always get off too easily. They set it up to look like Bryce had killed her, and Dean killed Bryce for revenge.

The Ending:

The other women lived happily ever after, pretty much. Jenny ended up dating the cop who was interviewing her. Keisha and Karen stayed together. Shannon reclaimed her status as queen bee of Buckhead.

The Review: 

Thank you to Blackstone Publishing for an ALC in exchange for an honest review.

One Of Us Is Dead has big Big Little Lies energy, and proudly so. The setup is very similar: rich town, catty housewives, and, as the title declares, one of them is dead. The POV alternates between all the women, in the past before the accident, as well as Jenny’s POV in present-day, being interviewed by the police.

I am a huge fan of rich-person drama, so I was sold right from the description. Centered around the gossip of a hair salon? What a great setting.

This is the third book I’ve read by Jeneva Rose, and I fell in love with her writing with the very first, The Perfect Marriage. She has a way of spinning very fun stories and drawing you right in. I loved how she had me changing my allegiances constantly throughout the story, and in the end I liked characters that I never thought I would.

I binged this audiobook in one go, and would definitely recommend listening to the audio copy if possible. The full cast of narrators (Andi Arndt, Hillary Huber, Elizabeth Evans, Brittany Pressley, and Cassandra Campbell) did an amazing job of bringing this story to life.

The drama and cattiness of these women was so fun to listen to, and I couldn’t wait to find out who was dead and why. This book comes out on April 26, 2022, and I certainly recommend adding it to your TBR shelf before then.

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