Title: Expired Listings
Author: D.M. Barr
A genre-busting psychological thriller with satiric, romantic and erotic elements. Impossible to classify and impossible to put down.
What if people were dying around you and you weren’t absolutely sure you weren’t their murderer? Someone is ‘deactivating’ the Realtors in Rock Canyon and almost no one seems to care. Not the surviving brokers, who consider the serial killings a competitive boon. Not the town’s residents, who see the murders as a public service. In fact, the only person who’s even somewhat alarmed is Dana Black, a kinky, sharp-witted yet emotionally skittish Realtor who has no alibi for the crimes because during each, she believes she was using her empty listings for games like Bondage Bingo with her sadistic lover, Dare. And yet, mysteriously, all clues are pointing her way.
Along with clearing her name and avoiding certain death at the hands of the ‘Realtor Retaliator,’ Dana has an even bigger problem: she’s inadvertently become a person of interest in more ways than one to Aidan Cummings, the sexy albeit vanilla detective investigating the case. While his attentions are tempting, Dana is torn–does she continue her ironically ‘safe’ but sterile BDSM relationship with Dare, or risk real intimacy with Aidan?
Kink, Suspense and Satire–Expired Listings masterfully combines all three while exploring the universal need for validation and the toxic nature of revenge.
~I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review!~
Thriller is probably my favorite genre to read for books like this! It’s been such a long time since a book took me on such a great ride. Every page was filled with twists and turns that compelled me to keep reading just to see if I was right or not about who the killer was! The author does a brilliant job of building the suspense throughout the piece.
In Expired Listings, we meet Dana, a girl with a troubled past who’s into BDSM. Sounds kind of bland when written like that, but I assure you it’s not. Dana is a real estate agent, living in the shadow of her successful sister, Melanie, while caring for her mother, Cassandra, who has recently suffered a stroke. Things seem cut and dry until a string of real estate agents turn up dead. The deeper into the plot we go, the more we see the demons of Dana’s past. Once the story gets to the twisted roots of Dana’s family tree, the reader finally gets all the answers they were after! Usually, I can guess who the killer is in a thriller book, but this one was a complete mystery right up until the unveiling.
In Expired Listings, no one is as they seem. Everyone has a secret which makes this a guaranteed page turner. I’ll definitely be keeping my eye open for more books by this author!