Let’s start with a story shall we?  Picture it….Greensboro, 2019 (anybody else a Golden Girls fan?).

Seriously, so I head to the library to pick up my one…I repeat one hold and as I walk by the new release table on the way to the desk, I see Theme Music.  It was kind of on my radar in the fact…I had peeped it on some Instagram pages…but was not super invested in it 🤷🏻‍♀️.

Flash forward I compulsively read it on Saturday.  I wanted a good thriller.  This one seemed super creepy and I was hoping very fast paced.  I just don’t have time to invest in a thriller that is a slow burn.  Love it for my literary fiction….not so much for my thrillers!  This one was the longest 387 pages I have read in a long time.  Part of it was certainly the fact that they were not short chapters.  That’s a crime for me….again, in the thriller world.  I’ll let you read my review…for my full opinion.  Y’all know I don’t hold back.  But I am starting to wonder if I need to give up thrillers?  I have loved thrillers.  Sadly, they are not working for me currently.  I can’t decide if it’s them or if it is me?  Judging from the Bookstagram post…it’s a little of both!  Alright…let’s give you the synopsis and then…stay tuned for my review 🤗.


An utterly propulsive and unpredictable psychological thriller from stunning new talent T. Marie Vandelly

For the lucky among us, life is what you make of it, but for Dixie Wheeler, the theme music for her story was chosen by another long ago, on the day her father butchered her mother and brothers and then slashed a knife across his own throat. Only one-year-old Dixie was left alive, infamously known as Baby Blue for the song left playing in the aftermath of the slaughter.

Twenty-five years later, Dixie is still desperate for a connection to the family she can’t remember, so when her childhood home goes up for sale, Dixie sets aside all reason and moves in, re-creating a macabre decor with her family’s salvaged furniture. But as the ghosts of her family seemingly begin to take up residence in the home that was once theirs, Dixie starts to question her own sanity and wonders if the evil force menacing her is that of her father, or a demon of her own making.

In order to make sense of her present, Dixie becomes determined to unravel the truth of her past and seeks out the detective who originally investigated the murders. But the more she learns, the more she opens up the uncomfortable possibility that the sins of her father may belong to another, and, perhaps most tragically, to Dixie herself. As bodies begin to pile up around her, Dixie must find a way to expose the lunacy behind her family’s massacre and redeem what little remains of her soul.

Theme Music Review
Hmmmmmm. This was a hard one to review. To be fair…I didn’t love it…but I didn’t hate it either 🤷🏻‍♀️.
Let’s talk about what I liked:
The compulsive readability of the novel…I wanted to finish.

The creepy factor. It was very looking over my shoulder…what was that noise kind of thing. I personally enjoy that, and picked it up on a whim, because I needed dark and creepy.
The story itself was intriguing. I love a good dual timeline story. This one was done seamlessly.
Now…sadly, why I ended with three meh 🌟’s.
Two words. Unreliable narrator. I’m so freakin’ sick of the unreliable narrator. Let’s move on shall we?
I knew what had happened from the beginning. Now, it was a unique way to get there and some good twists…but at the end of the day, I saw “who done it” from a mile away.
It could have been so much shorter. It dragged on and on. Very unnecessarily wordy. And oh my gosh…long chapters for a thriller…no, just no.


When it’s all said it done it was an enjoyable read…but forgettable and placed in the “not original thriller” category for me 🤷🏻‍♀️. That’s unfortunately fatal in my world.
@shereadswithcats has a different view point up on her page. Make sure you check it out!!
I need a good thriller. What you got people…send me some recs. 👇🏻

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