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Let's talk covers!!! This is one of the reasons i requested this book!

Any book that is a cat and mouse theme i will read! The suspense and all the little clues that you read and follow during the story is awesome while you try to figure out what is going on. Once i thought i had it figured out nope i had to guess again. It was a slower start when you first read the book but omg to ride it turns into is amazing.

ADD THIS TO YOUR TBR!!!! It is worth it.

Thanks NetGalley for letting me read and review.

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What a game of cat and mouse this turned into. Leaving bread crumbs for you to follow. And when you think you have it figured out…guess again! This one was a little slower to start but when it picked up, what a ride it turned out to be. Add this to your TBR pile!

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In Don’t Ask, Don’t Follow we meet Beth, who works at her fathers law firm. There is a murder and Beth’s sister is seen leaving the scene and becomes a prime suspect. The only problem is that no one knows where she is!

Told in the first person, Beth goes on a hunt to find her sister and figure out what it was that she was working on that may have got her into trouble. This was a fast paced read, moved quickly, never felt slow. Some of Beth’s decisions are unlikely, the story line is a little over the top and was mostly predictable early on however, the fast pace and writing style made up for that.

I had never read anything by Mary Kelikoa before, but I am going to try another one of her novels as I did enjoy the pacing of this one!

Thank-you to Oceanview Publishing and NetGalley for the eARC!

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Review: I went into this book completely blind, and was automatically hooked in. It starts off strong with a lot of action right at the beginning. The story is told through the perspective of Beth, who is looking for her missing sister. That turns into a twisty web of lies, secrets, and deceit. Lindsey disappears mysteriously in the first chapter and it’s a race for Beth to find her.

The writing was really good and really helped me stay immersed in the story. Each chapter unveiled another layer of the mystery. I really loved the two main characters Beth and Lindsey. There was great character development and they felt so real. This character development is what kept me hooked. It was interesting following the mystery of what happened to Lindsay and all the clues she left behind for Beth to discover.

There is a specific mystery tied to Lindsey involving adoption agencies that I found fascinating. I really was interested in where that was going. Some thriller fans might find that this is too much of a slow burn and is missing really big twists, but for me it was great. There was enough action and intrigued that kept me hooked the entire time. I needed to know how to ended!

This book comes out June 4, 2024! Thank you Oceanview Publishing and NetGalley for an advanced reader copy in exchange for an honest review.

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Beth Ralston, a paralegal, has found her boss dead in his office on the night of an office party. Her older sister Lindsay is missing and she suspects she may be involved. Beth is determined to find out the truth behind her boss death and sister’s disappearance.

#DontaskDont follow was a suspenseful read. It is set in 1 POV filled with many family secrets and drama.

I enjoyed the read some pages are a little slow and mundane


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Don't Ask Don't Follow is a story of two sisters. One who is determined to find the truth and one who needs the truth in order to be set free and understand who they are. The main character Beth is sent on a whirlwind hunt for her sister and her boss' murder, even though she is ill-equipped to handle the mess she has been thrown into in the pursuit of answers she never knew she wanted.
I did enjoy this book although there were many liberties taken with regards to making the plot work. The writing was good but the plot was slightly unbelievable at times that it was really dependant on the reader not to allow the immersion and interest in the story to be broken. What really kept me interested in the book was the characters of Beth and Lindsay. The writing really helped me care about them. I think the overall theme and plot was interesting. Some things were a little too obvious so there was no really big shockers for me. I think I would have really liked to see the story told from the Detective's POV, instead of Beth's but that is just me.
Overall I liked Don't Ask Don't Follow. I would recommend this to others to read looking for an interesting thriller/mystery.

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Don’t Ask, Don’t Follow
By: Mary Keliikoa
4 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Beth and Lindsay Ralston are sisters. Beth is a paralegal and discovers her boss dead in his office while a party is at the law firm. Lindsay is an investigative journalist and Beth sees her fleeing the scene.

Growing up they had shared the saying Don’t Ask, Don’t Follow as Lindsay would sneak out and Beth kept her secrets.

Lindsay comes up missing and Beth finds Lindsay’s cell phone in her purse with a message displaying g their secret message. No one else knows their code!!!!

This novel is full of family secrets, murder and corruption. Will Beth find Lindsay? Who killed her boss?

This was my first novel by this author and I will be looking for more. Thank you Thriller Book Lovers Promotions and Mary Keliikoa for this advanced copy. This novel is a MUST read and available June 4, 2024.

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Mary Keliikoa did it again. Thank you netgalley and publishers for this arc in exchange for my honest opinion and review.

Beth is a paralegal working at her father's lawfirm. Trying to make her way through life without his help. At the Christmas party, she finds her boss murdered in his office and her whole life as she knows it is changed forever.

I just really enjoy Keliikoa's writing and story telling. There is good character development, great plot, and realistic twists throughout. Looking forward to her next installment.

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📖 Don’t Ask. Don’t Follow.
✍🏼 Mary Keliikoa

I’m a big thriller fan, I’ve read all different types of thrillers but this story was very different to anything I’ve read to date.

What caught my attention with this book is the title but what I didn’t realise was how addicting the book would be to read. I went in blind, not reading the synopsis or any other reviews, and within the first few pages I was hooked. The sisterly bond between Lindsay and Beth really pulled me in and played on my emotions, and driven more so by the fact Beth and myself had the same nickname growing up and the relationship between the sisters isn’t to dissimilar to the relationship and bond I share with mine.

Granted, it is a slow burn but there was lots of information to take in and whilst the twists weren’t jaw dropping, they were perfect for the story. Overall, the book is certainly a page turner, I was addicted and needed to know how the story would play out and the end certainly didn’t disappoint.

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The premise really drew me in. Beth, a paralegal working at her fathers law firm, stumbles on a crime scene where her boss has been murdered. She sees her sister fleeing the scene, finding a message left for her saying, don't ask don't follow. With her sister being unreachable and nowhere to be found, she ignores her warnings and sets out to figure out what happened.

The story really grabbed a hold of me right from the start, and didn't let go. I really liked the mysterious undertone where everyone was a potential suspect. The bond between the two sisters and Beth's unwavering resilience in finding her sister was inspiring. The character development was good, with how Beth positively evolved throughout the story.

The ending was good although it didn't surprise me. I had actually figured out a couple of plot twists half way in, but that might be due to me having read so many thrillers before. It also didn't stop me from turning the pages and finishing the book so all in all I enjoyed it.

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Beth works as a paralegal. Her sister Lindsay is an investigative reporter and is often away on assignment. When Beth spies someone who looks very similar to Lindsay running away from the scene of her boss's murder, she is unsure what to think. From young, Lindsay has always told Beth "Don't Ask, Don't Follow" but this time Beth takes the investigation into her own hands. Can she figure out what is going on?

This was a unique thriller. I really enjoyed the legal intricacies woven throughout the story. While the book started off with a bang, I do feel it did lose its momentum a bit towards the middle but then it picked up again towards the end with that cracker ending. I really felt for Beth as she pushed herself to uncover the truth. With lots of twists, this fast paced novel kept me turning those pages at rapid speed. 

This book will be out in early June.

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I wish I could actually read the ARC but words are broken up across the page and paragraphs are just giant blocks of text.

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As a fan of Mary Keliikoa’s Misty Pines series, I was excited to read her latest, a standalone suspense novel titled Don’t Ask, Don’t Follow. She never disappoints and this is no exception.

The premise is simple. Paralegal Beth Ralston works for her father’s law firm. Returning to her office after attending the firm’s Christmas party, she sees her sister running from the building. Irritated that Lindsay has ditched yet another family obligation, Beth goes to check in with her boss before leaving. But she finds that Craig has been murdered and Lindsay has left her a cryptic message: Don’t ask! Don’t follow!

While the premise is simple, the execution is not. The author builds layer upon layer of suspense, doubt, and clues. Beth doesn’t know who to trust and neither does the reader. No one in Beth’s life is entirely who they seem to be, but just how far do the deceptions go?

Now that I’ve read and enjoyed something outside of the Misty Pines world, I can definitively say that Mary Keliikoa will be an auto-buy author for me. I rate this an enthusiastic 4 ½ stars and highly recommend Don’t Ask, Don’t Follow.

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Two sisters, Lindsay and Beth
Lindsay works as an Iinvestigative reporter, while Beth works as a paralegal at her dad's firm

One evening during an office Christmas party, Beth found her boss, Craig, murdered soaked of blood in his office. Before that, Beth also saw Lindsay darted out from Craig's office. Beth found Lindsay’s phone in her purse with an unsent cryptic message, "Don't ask, don't follow". This line is often used when they were children, when Lindsay asked Beth to cover for her.

What Lindsay's involvement with Craig? What trouble she put her in now? While Beth work tirelessly to find Lindsay, she uncovers her dark family secrets which potentially destroy her family.

A bit of a slow burn yet the plot is great- so I can definitely recommend this if you love family thriller with mystery.

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What a twisty adventure! I enjoyed the characters and Beth’s tenacity in trying to find her missing sister. I also really appreciated not being able to anticipate what would happen next! Those was a very entertaining read that should be added to your tbr!

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Don’t Ask, Don’t Follow…

I have no words and that’s saying a lot being as though I have had the nickname “motor mouth” since I was a kid.

Oceanview Publishing, has released some (most) of my favorite thrillers and Don’t Ask, Don’t Follow, falls into the number one slot in this category .

Mary Keliikoa, you speak my love language and I will forever be a huge fan of yours.

I’ve read every thriller imaginable. The cheating husband, the evil children, the woman plagued with amnesia……..but nothing and I tell you nothing has ever been written like Don’t Ask, Don’t Follow, to date .

Don’t Ask, Don’t Follow is completely original to anything I have ever read and has left me transfixed on what this book just put me through. I might just have to read it again to make sure I did not miss anything .

I’m left with a massive book hangover and can not stop thinking about this book!!!

This is a book of the year and I can not wait to watch this one break the internet . Mary Keliikoa, is in the big leagues when it comes to skill and execution of the perfect book. What blows my mind is this was my first book by Keliikoa. After concluding Don’t Ask, Don’t Follow, I instantly went into stalker mode and found every book published by this author to date and purchased them all.

If you are looking for a book to blow your mind and satisfy your every bookish need, look no further, Don’t Ask, Don’t Follow, will quench your ever loving murderous need .

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Murder, dark family secrets, and the unwavering bond of sisterhood—regardless of the cost

Beth Ralston, a paralegal in Portland, Oregon, would rather be racking up billable hours than mingling at an office party—especially when her sister Lindsay, aka her plus one, is a no-show.

After making her obligatory rounds, Beth returns to her office to find that her boss, who she’d talked with moments before, has been murdered. She sees a woman fleeing the scene. Wait—was that Lindsay? Unable to catch up to her in time, Beth waits for the police to arrive and notices that Lindsay has left her phone behind with an unsent text message to Beth displayed on the screen: “Don’t ask. Don’t follow.”

Lindsay is unreachable for days, and when Beth starts to come under suspicion for the crime, she decides that waiting is impossible. While retracing Lindsay’s steps, determined to bring her home, Beth uncovers what her sister, an investigative reporter bent on changing the world, was trying to expose—corruption, secrets, and betrayal on an unimaginable level. Revealing the truth might bring back the one person she’s desperate to find—but it could also destroy the only life and family Beth’s ever known.

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Beth is at an office party when she sees her sister Lindsey fleeing the scene of her boss’s murder. Beth gets a message from Lindsay, “Don’t Ask, Don’t Follow.” Now a suspect in the murder, Beth is desperate to find her sister. What was Lindsay doing with Beth’s boss? Did Lindsay kill him? Why did she run? Lindsay is an investigative reporter so was she working on a story? What was the story about? Was Beth’s boss helping her?

This started off great with several unanswered questions and a few mysteries to solve. I usually love first person narrative but with Beth there’s a lot of worry and anxiety as she rehashed her concerns over and over, without enough action tied to her thoughts. It seemed as if the reader was being told how they should feel instead of the emotion being invoked. Beth’s perspective is the only one we have.

The decisions and actions Beth did make were improbable based on her intelligence and experience as a paralegal and I had trouble suspending my disbelief. She also seemed to have quite an issue with her stomach because just about everything made her acid flare or her stomach clench. Poor thing is so stressed she suffers from indigestion. I was growing to like Beth with her tenacity and fierce loyalty but I just couldn’t make the emotional connection.

I solved the mysteries fairly quickly but was thinking there must be a great twist or surprise. That didn’t happen for me. There are a few reveals that many may not see coming but I got there right away. Perhaps I’ve read too many thrillers.

Thank you Oceanview Publishing and NetGalley for an advanced reader copy in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

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A decent murder - mystery novel. It was a little too long in spots but I enjoyed the twists (two actually surprised me even if it was foreshadowed and I should've guessed). Thr MC made a lot of terrible decisions and I felt even worse about the first death once I got to the end. The villains are horrible, not even an ounce of grey here. Enjoyable for a rainy Sunday.

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Don’t Ask Don’t Follow is what Beth’s sister would say to her when she was sneaking out of the house or doing something she’s not supposed to. When Beth receives this message from her sister at the same time her boss is found dead, she knows something is wrong. Beth starts finding out what her sister was working on and things get interesting very fast. The story is fast paced with excellent characters. The ending surprised me. I really enjoyed reading this book.

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Don't Ask, Don't Follow has it all - mystery, an investigation, shady characters, relevant and super current issues, and a great plot.

As a paralegal at a law firm, I'm generally quick to pick up books focusing on my industry and I'm so glad I did in this case! While I had a bit of a hard time connecting with Beth because her law firm experience was so different from my own, I appreciated how it added to the story and wasn't the primary focus. I particularly loved when the story shifted gears to finding Lindsay and uncovering her latest research.

This book had so many great layers and it was important to pay attention. The Ralston sisters were smart and it was fun unraveling the mystery with Beth as she retraced Lindsay's steps into the adoption scheme. It was hard to know who I could trust and I was definitely duped a couple times! I was also completely surprised by some twists later on in the book which is always a major plus for me!

I really liked Beth's development as a character. At first, I didn't feel a strong connection to her, but as she separated herself from her father's law firm and I felt her confidence and independence growing, I felt a kindred spirit. I loved how fierce and loyal she was, and also that while she was a rule follower, she wasn't afraid to toe the line or push for the right thing.

Overall, this was a great read. It was really unique, the pace really picked up about halfway through and I didn't want to put it down, and it surprised me in all the best ways. I definitely recommend!

Thank you to Thriller Book Lover Promotions, Oceanview Publishing, and NetGalley for the copy.

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