So, I enjoyed The Girl in 6e. It was original and fresh and I gave it a pretty stellar review. A 4.5 star review to be exact. And then, I read Do Not Disturb and fell even further in love with this series.
Everything I loved from the first book in the series is here. Strong female lead? Check. Fresh take on the thriller/crime genre? Check. Steamy scenes that never detract from the story? Check and check.
Deanna is still living the same life as before. Shut in tight in apartment 6e and working as a cam girl. However, one small change has occurred. After getting that taste of freedom in the first book, she is intent to now continue her ventures into the world of the living which includes spending even more time with UPS Delivery Man Jeremy. All while Deanna’s new found freedom is taking place, we are introduced to a new character named Marcus Renza. A bad seed who at the beginning of the book has just been released from jail for reasons that will come to light over the course of the first quarter of the book.
Do Not Disturb follows much of the same formula as the The Girl in 6e. Periphery stories unfold around our main character until they come to a head in the final act. These books very much remind me of reading the equivalent of a procedural television show. While the characters are the same from book to book, the story changes with each one. There’s a new crime or thriller to follow each week, meaning these books can be read back-to-back-to-back or one at a time with no worry for whether or not you’ll remember the previous book or not. Each story stands on its own. I will say that I don’t recommend reading them out of order because 6e acts as an exposition that explains the majority of the “why”. I feel you really need that in order to fully appreciate these books.
Again, each chapter jumps from first person narrative told through Deanna’s eyes to thirds person narrative following others within the story. While I found adjusting to this in 6e to be challenging at first, this time around I was ready for it and found myself not even remotely distracted by it. I also found myself far more invested in this story. I HAD to know what happened to these character’s and could not go to bed until I did. There was just something about it that hooked me in from start to finish.
Like with it’s predecessor, if you aren’t into mystery/thriller/dark reads, then this probably isn’t going to be your cup of tea. This series is very much in the same vein as You by Caroline Kepnes and Marrow by Tarryn Fisher, so if you’re looking for a warm and fluffy love story this is not the place.
Do Not Disturb was a book that kept me on the edge of my seat from start to finish and would demand that I finish just “one more chapter”. A solid 5 star read.
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