Title: Blessed are the Dead
Author: Kristi Belcamino
Length: 228 pages
Where Stacie’s Copy Came From: Personal Collection
Plot Basics: Gabriella Giovanni is a cops beat reporter in California. She is also haunted by a past that refuses to give her up when her past collides with the present in a way that forces Gabriella to reconsider the secrets she has been hiding.
Banter Points: Gabriella’s job as a reporter is to get close to people and provide a profile to the public so that they understand the victim or the perpetrator of the crime. She is good at getting people to open up to her, perhaps because her own past has a terrible secret that places her in the victim category.
I really liked Gabriella as a character. I felt empathetic for her story and how it continually impacted the choices that she made. The compulsion she felt to continue to chase down the story and the killer was one that I understood. Even when Gabriella was making what should have been bad choices, I was cheering her on.
While Bethany is the journalist of the Word Nerds, I felt like the scenes about journalism and a being a beat reporter were well done. It gave me a sense of what it’s really like behind the pages of the paper that is fighting against a bigger paper. Fortunately, this is one that Bethany is interested in too, and she’ll be able to weigh-in on that side as well.
Bummer Points: The subject matter of kidnapped children and serial killer is one that I generally avoid because I am a mom. It isn’t for the faint at heart.
Stacie’s Recommendation: Check out this new author. I’m looking forward to more from her. If you are a fan of Laura Lippman, you’ll love Kristi Belcamino.