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The novel unfolds with a relentless pace, delivering a tale of suspense that keeps readers on the edge of their seats. The strength of Keliikoa's storytelling lies in her ability to weave a complex narrative that seamlessly blends mystery and family drama. The protagonist, Beth, is a relatable and determined character whose quest to uncover the truth about her sister's disappearance propels the story forward. As the plot unfolds, layers of corruption, secrets, and betrayal are revealed, adding depth and intrigue to the narrative. The theme of family loyalty and the lengths one would go to protect their loved ones is a central and emotionally resonant aspect of the story. Beth's unwavering determination to find her sister, even as she becomes a suspect herself, adds a layer of depth to her character. The relationships and dynamics explored in the novel contribute to its emotional impact, making it more than just a thrilling mystery. While the novel is a rollercoaster of suspense, some readers might find certain plot developments slightly predictable. However, the strength of the characters and the intricate web of deception keeps the story engaging and ensures that the resolution is satisfying.

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"Don't Ask, Don't Follow" is a captivating and suspenseful tale of murder, dark family secrets, and the unbreakable bond of sisterhood. Set in Portland, Oregon, this novel takes readers on a thrilling journey as Beth Ralston, a paralegal, races against time to uncover the truth behind her sister Lindsay's disappearance and the murder of her boss.

The author skillfully weaves together a complex web of mystery, suspense, and emotional depth that keeps readers engaged from start to finish. The plot unfolds at a brisk pace, filled with unexpected twists and turns that constantly keep you guessing. As Beth dives deeper into Lindsay's world, the secrets she uncovers reveal a web of corruption and betrayal that spans unimaginable levels.

One of the strongest aspects of the book is the well-developed characters, especially the bond between Beth and Lindsay. The author brilliantly captures their sisterly relationship, portraying their unwavering loyalty and determination to protect each other at all costs. Beth's tenacity and courage make her a relatable and compelling protagonist, and the supporting cast adds depth and complexity to the story.

The author's writing style is concise, yet evocative, allowing readers to visualize the vivid settings of Portland and feel the tension and suspense build throughout the narrative. The themes of family, betrayal, and the pursuit of justice add layers of depth to the story, making it more than just a typical murder mystery.

The only slight critique would be a few instances where the pacing could have been tightened, particularly during certain introspective moments that slightly slow down the overall momentum. However, these instances are minor and do not detract significantly from the gripping story.

Overall, "Don't Ask, Don't Follow" is a compelling and well-crafted thriller that will keep readers on the edge of their seats. With its intriguing plot, well-rounded characters, and themes of loyalty and sacrifice, this novel is sure to leave an indelible impression on fans of the mystery genre!

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

This was a solid mystery. Nothing groundbreaking, but I enjoyed it. Well-written plot twists.

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Intriguing. Don't Ask, Don't Follow will draw you in, then take off like a freight train without brakes! Mary Keliikoa's novel has a very interesting plot, a sympathetic heroine, and almost more bad guys than the heroine can manage. As you follow Beth on her quest to find her sister Lindsay (who ironically sent the message not to question or follow her) you get caught up in an entangled web of violence, deceit and betrayal. Beth, undaunted, refuses to give up; even when she's derailed a few times. Perseverance, loyalty and devotion are her weapons of choice while fighting the battle to find her sister. I enjoyed reading this story, but I was slightly annoyed at some repetitions, like hearing Beth's thoughts while trying to figure out what her sister had already figured out. However, with so many "cars" being added and subtracted all while this "train" hurtling along towards possible disaster, Beth was overwhelmed. So, I kind of get the repetition trying to sort her thoughts. Overall, it's a good read. And the author certainly does enough to get you comfortable figuring out the direction you're heading, then yanking you back, and pushing you in another direction you didn't see coming. I would recommend this book to all readers. Thanks to NetGalley and Oceanview Publishing for an ARC of this novel.

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I was sent this book through NetGalley.
I did have some troubles at the start of the book. I felt like her actions were over explained a lot and it kind of took me out of the story. It seemed a little slow at times as well. I did enjoy the storyline though and at times kept me guessing at what was going to happen next! Overall, I did enjoy the book and will read more from this author!

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Beth’s sister Lynsey disappears after last being seen at the scene of a crime leaving Beth with nothing but a message saying “Don’t ask! Don’t follow!” A message that Beth ignores, fully intending to do both.

This was a really engaging mystery that was also a very quick and easy read. It wrapped up well and there was enough information throughout the book to allow you to piece together what was happening as you discovered more. Beth is a very likeable character and I enjoyed spending time with her.

Unfortunately the epilogue did not work for me at all, especially the mention of a relationship that made no sense and that felt extremely forced.

Overall though I still had a great time reading this

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This book got my attention right from the start and never let up! For a mystery/thriller, it was that perfect balance between being predictable and then totally catching you by surprise. Just when you think you have it all figured out, guess again! Keliikoa gives you a wide array of well developed characters to keep you guessing and add dimension to the story. If you like a fast-paced thriller and enjoy trying to crack a case, grab this book and join Beth as she tries to figure out why her sister has gone missing. This has drama, surprises and tragedy, making it a great read and one day, possibly a gripping movie.

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The elements are all here: Greed, Deceit, Impulse Control, Loyalty and when you have
NO idea that your entire life, the family, the career, everything, has been a gigantic
engineered screen play created, directed and engineered by the last people anyone
could suspect, making it out alive would be a miracle.
The book started out slowly but after the characters are set in place, my attention was
unbreakable. The accidental, unintentional hunt for siblings started a course of chaos
and uncovered a decades long operation that stood to ruin the aspirations of a main
character. I’m not going to say anything more because I think there are so many
parallel theme sets and each is leading to the cataclysmic conclusion of this gripping
story. I highly recommend this book.
My thanks to Oceanview Publishing, via NetGalley for a download copy of this book
for review purposes..

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This was highly underwhelming, for me it was boring, I skimmed most parts, this did not do it for me at all.

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Just finished "Don't Ask, Don't Follow". I was initially hooked as Beth, a paralegal, stumbles upon her boss's murder and her sis making a mysterious exit. 🕵️‍♀️ Thought I was in for a wild ride, but tbh, the plot felt like a rollercoaster with too much uphill and not enough drops.

There's this constant info dump, like, I get it, Beth's analyzing life choices more than I do at 3 AM, but less would've been more. 🤷‍♀️ Action scenes are narrated more than witnessed – I needed more "show," less "tell." 🎭 And don't get me started on Beth's detective skills; girl went from zero to Sherlock real quick. 🕵️‍♀️

On the flip side, the family secrets and the Alliance Agency drama did keep me flipping pages. The suspense was like a Netflix series you can't stop binge-watching. 🍿 But, y'all, Beth's repetitive guessing game and the book's length nearly made me call it quits. Almost gave up like 3 times, ngl. 😬

In the end, the story wraps up nicely with a bow, and I appreciated the ending. 🎁 But, if you're not into marathon monologues and over-the-top self-investigations, maybe this is not for you.

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Thank you NetGalley for giving me the chance to read this book ahead of time in exchange for a review. It didn't disappoint! Must read!!

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I almost DNF'd this so I'm giving it 2.5 stars. I kept reading because I wanted to know what happened to the sister and what the dark family secret was, and I was just underwhelmed. It's not poorly written, but there is so much exposition it became boring. I skipped quite a bit and still could follow the plot. Every detail is explained ad nauseam through the lens of the main character. The majority of the book is just her working through why someone would do xyz or what her next steps are going to be. It literally could have been condensed to a line or two, not half the book. The book needed more character development, which is when that self-reflection would have been useful. And also the action that takes place is told instead of shown. Way too much telling.
More dialogue and interactions with other characters would have also made this stronger.

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Beth was a paralegal in her father's law firm. And her sister, Lindsay, was an investigative reporter who was investigating women who had been pregnant and had been told that their children had died at birth. Craig was Beth's boss. Beth had invited Lindsay to the firm's holiday party, but Lindsay had ghosted her. While the party was in full swing, Beth saw Lindsay flee from Craig's office to the elevator. Beth followed her to the garage but didn't see her. When she got back upstairs she went into Craig's office and found him dead. He'd been shot.

Beth tred to locate her sister but it seems she had vanished. At some point Beth found Lindsay's phone in her purse. When she turned it on and looked at the text messages she saw that Lindsay had typed out a text message to her that said don't ask, don't follow, but she hadn't sent it. She took this to mean that her sister didn't want her to search for her. But Beth was determined she was going to find her.

The Alliance Agency was an agency that took in homeless and drug addicted pregnant women. They took care of them throughout the pregnancy and then when it was time for them to give birth they stole their babies and sold them to wealthy families who were looking to adopt. It was this agency that Lindsay was investigating.

Beth found out that Lindsay had requested a DNA test for herself. She later learned that Craig had done the same thing. She made the assumption that Lindsay was adopted and later found out that Craig was too. He had been adopted by a judge, Elizabeth Johnson, who was well known to Beth and Lindsay's father. When she confronted her parents about it, they shut her down.

Detective Matson was heading up the search for Lindsay. He and Beth ended up inadvertently working hand in hand. Lindsay's neighbor, Kai, also assisted Beth in the search.

So this book was all about the search for Lindsey, and getting to the bottom of the Alliance Agency's despicable acts. At some point, Beth came to realize that her father was somehow involved as well, as was judge Johnson.

I thought the author was an excellent story teller. None of the book was predictable. And it held my attention throughout. I very much enjoyed it and I gave it five stars.

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There is a lot going on in this novel— family dynamics, an attorney running for mayor, murders, DNA testing, adoptions, undocumented immigrants, etc. Basically, it is the story of 2 sisters— one an investigative reporter and the other a researcher in a law firm. One sister mysteriously disappears and the other sister in an attempt to find her discovers more than she could ever have imagined. It is a well written, intriguing story that will keep the reader interested. I thank NetGalley and Oceanview Publishing for the opportunity to read and review this book prior to publication.

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Fascinating book about two sisters, Beth and Lindsay who always kept each other's secrets as kids. Now grown, investigative journalist Lindsay is missing and paralegal Beth's boss is found murdered. How are these things connected? It's a wonderfully complicated story of intrigue as Beth works tirelessly to figure out where her sister is, how her parents are involved, and how an adoption agency figures into all the chaos. It's a fast-paced story that kept me reading long into the night but kept me turning pages as I couldn't stop!
Thanks to NetGalley for this ARC!

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Don’t Ask, Don’t Follow was a fast pace and keeps you guessing book. A paralegal is working late and sees from sister running from her bosses office. When she goes in to ask what her sister was doing there, she finds her boss has been murdered. Later she realizes her sister is missing and finds out that her sister, a reporter, and her boss was working together on something. But what were they working on that got her boss murdered and was her sister kidnapped or in hiding. This was a good book and I enjoyed it. Thanks to Netgalley for this arc.

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Intrigue and mystery. Do not try to guess the secrets. It is almost impossible. This gifted author has written a page turner. Realistic characters keep the story moving quickly. Red herrings kept me guessing. Even the title is intriguing. I like this book and this author. Thanks Netgalley.

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This was another new author for me. I found the book started off well but it slowed to a crawl. A good start though for this author.

Thanks publisher and Netgalley

All of my opinions and thoughts are my own

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I really enjoyed this book and the suspense. It was definitely a page turner. I would highly recommend this book to anyone.

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First I've read by this author, and probably won't be the last. I really enjoyed the story. It had some twists and turns that made me want to keep reading. I did feel that parts of it was repetitive and drawn out and could have been removed so it wasn't so long, but other than that - a seriously solid read.

Thank you #netgalley and #oceanviewpublishing for the eARC.

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