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Dark Lilly E. by V L Sullivan

Dark Lilly E.

by V L Sullivan

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Lilly Marie Epps and her friends Chloe, Ivy, Thea, and Sunny have formed a band that, because of a combination of talent, hard work, good looks, and scanty clothes, is on a fast track to success. The girls are thrilled to be making money doing something they love, but still have problems. Lilly has never gotten over the murder of her sister three years before and would do anything to catch the killer and Chloe is hiding a dark secret from the rest of the band. There’s also a serial killer (two in fact) on the loose and the band needs to be careful before they too become victims of a mad man.

“Dark Lilly E” is a gritty look at love, life, and death in California. While the book is mainly about the band – specifically Lilly and Chloe – the two serial killers, especially Doug, play a large part in this book. There is no real mystery to Doug’s story - author V.L. Sullivan lets readers know early on that he’s the killer and the real suspense happens as he stalks the band. The Lady Killer murders add a bit more mystery to the book, but to me it was the weaker of the two plot lines (although there were some genuinely surprising moments in that story). Sullivan does a good job of capturing the nightlife in California and has created several memorable characters, notably Lilly, Chloe, Doug, seedy lawyer Caligula, and police detective Earnest Trumaine. There is a lot of suspense in the book, especially towards the end of the book.

While “Dark Lilly E” is a good book, it’s not for everyone. It’s a bit racy, the language is coarse (I can’t use the name of the band in this review), and there is a lot of drug usage. The serial killer aspects are gruesome, but fortunately not too graphic. The biggest problem I had with this book is that at over 600 pages it is a monster of a book. Sullivan has tons of good ideas and I think he could have easily gotten two, maybe even three books with these characters. One serial killer was enough for me and I really didn’t care for the Lady Killer parts. Finally, the book could have used some editing and proofreading.

“Dark Lilly E” is an ambitious book that doesn’t quite work all the time, but still has several good moments. ( )
  drebbles | Feb 10, 2009 |
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