Twenty eight and a half wishes, by Denise Grover Swank

28 and half wishes

For Rose Gardner, working at the DMV on a Friday afternoon is bad even before she sees a vision of herself dead. She’s had plenty of visions, usually boring ones like someone’s toilet’s overflowed, but she’s never seen one of herself before. When her overbearing momma winds up murdered on her sofa instead, two things are certain: There isn’t enough hydrogen peroxide in the state of Arkansas to get that stain out, and Rose is the prime suspect.

Rose realises she’s wasted twenty-four years of living and makes a list on the back of a Wal-Mart receipt: twenty-eight things she wants to accomplish before her vision comes true. She’s well on her way with the help of her next door neighbour Joe, who has no trouble teaching Rose the rules of drinking, but won’t help with number fifteen– do more with a man. Joe’s new to town, but it doesn’t take a vision for Rose to realise he’s got plenty secrets of his own.

Somebody thinks Rose has something they want and they’ll do anything to get it. Her house is broken into, someone else she knows is murdered, and suddenly, dying a virgin in the Fenton County jail isn’t her biggest worry after all.

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I literally could not stop reading this and at the end of every chapter I would say to myself ‘just one more chapter’ wondering what would happen next.  Reading about Roses ‘visions’ almost reminded me of Phoebe from ‘Charmed’ as she would have similar visions being a witch, but I loved that she was a quiet girl who worked in an office and ended up being the pretty one.

I’m so happy that Rose decided to make a list, and it brought her out of her shell and I enjoyed reading the progress of her life after loosing her bossy mum (sorry but I really didn’t like her at first!)wish list

I had no clue about Joe, being able to give her tips about drinking and the ‘odd’ bit of DIY sounds like the perfect gent to me and living only next door…..how convenient!!

There were moments when Rose looked over her sisters family feeling left out that she didn’t have that settled feeling, this made me feel emotional because on some levels I sometimes feel like this and it made it seem so real!  Thankfully thanks to the lovely Muffy, Rose had a new best friend, who guided and protected her!

Overall, there isn’t another book like this that I’ve read for a long time that has kept me hooked like this and I am HIGHLY recommending it to anyone who likes a bit of a chic lit with a bit of action!  Very well written and love the style of writing, gripped, was an understatement!!!  AND to top it all off, the book was FREE!

I am really looking forward to reading the follow up stories

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Twenty-Nine-Half-Reasons-Gardner-Mystery-ebook/dp/B008FBXF4E/ref=pd_sim_kinc_1

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Thirty-Half-Excuses-Gardner-Mystery-ebook/dp/B00ECJ2ELI/ref=pd_sim_kinc_1.

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