Author Dave Terruso
This is part 2 in the Off World trilogy, to read the review for part 1 please visit here.
Thank you so much to author Dave Terruso for providing me with a copy of his book in exchange for this honest review.
Off World Hotel & Resort: Episode 2 picks up right where Episode 1 left off. But first it gives the reader a very handy recap. I’ve never understood why all series don’t do this! The episodes of Off World are being released only 1 month apart from each other but so many series can have years in between and think I’ll just remember what happened! Thank you Terruso for knowing my memory just ain’t that sharp.
Episode 2 gets deeper into the mystery side of the story. We follow Christie as she attempts to solve Candy’s murder; living out her dream of being an amateur detective just like in her favorite books. As the mystery deepens we also see that there may be a more sinister side to this dream resort. Small reveals get us to start to question what kind of place this resort really is.
As Christie investigates she digs up more and more questions than when she started. She feels she’s getting nowhere and that she’ll die before she ever gets to solve the case. Speaking of dying, Christie actually begins to show symptoms of her illness. I can’t count how many stories have a “dying” character that never even coughs only to spontaneously lie down and die with a peaceful look on their face by the end. Off World uses Christie’s unnmaed diagnosis to enhance the story and further the plot. It’s not just a gimmick.
Terruso is the kind of writer who recognizes the flaws in past literature and makes a point to correct them through his own works.
Off World Hotel & Resort: Epsiode 2 is not only darker than episode 1 in setting, it gets darker in tone as well. A profound monologue near the middle of the book is followed by a bonding moment between two characters. I won’t spoil either except to say that these couple of pages display a full spectrum of emotions. In just 2-3 pages we are treated to Terruso’s firm grasp on the human condition and what it means to go on living after a tragedy. Nothing is ever purely happy or purely sad, we all have many feelings brewing inside at any moment and sometimes depression is punctuated with a dirty joke.
The biggest mystery of Episode 2 starts to come further into play. Is this fantastical resort what it appears to be? Christie may be trapped there but she also seems to be getting all of her wildest fantasies fulfilled. Was it all deliberate? Who is actually in charge here? Is it even real? You’ll begin to question what you thought you knew from episode 1 and you’ll be dying to read episode 3.
Since these three books play out more like a miniseries than a trilogy, episode 2 has a strong cliffhanger ending. I adore the ending of this book. If you become familiar with Terruso as a writer this ending will be even more intense. Terruso is bold, if nothing else. I would not put it past him to have main characters die in his books so don’t think that just because there’s one book left that there must be a happy ending. There might be, there might not, you’ll have to take that risk and find out.
I strongly recommend ordering all 3 Off World Hotel & Resort books. They are all incredibly engaging reads that you won’t want to put down until you know what happens.
5/5 moons 🌖🌖🌖🌖🌖
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