Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Swipe Right for Murder by Derek Milman - AVERAGE

Swipe Right for Murder by Derek Milman, 336 pages. JIMMY Patterson Books (Little, Brown and Company), 2019. $18.

Language: R (265 swears, 46 “f”); Mature Content: PG13; Violence: PG13



Aidan finds himself alone at a hotel in New York during spring break as he waits for his family to show up the following day. So he decides to look for a hookup on an app. He falls asleep in his hookup’s hotel room and wakes up to find that the guy is dead. Shot through the head. And now the dead guy’s cell phone is ringing.

Aidan's story was enjoyable to read because it moves quickly through twists and turns without being choppy or disorienting, which kept me immersed the whole time I was reading. Going through the unexpected with Aidan was exciting and up until the end, like Milman didn’t know how to make resolutions interesting to the reader, but everything up through the climax was well done. I even found myself laughing aloud at some of the snarky and random thoughts Aidan had. However, despite all of that good, I felt that the outrageous amount of swearing put a damper on all that was fun about the book. If I wasn’t reviewing this book, the swearing would have deterred me enough to put it down without finishing. The mature content rating is for drug use, masturbation, sex, and statutory rape; the violence rating is for criminal activity, murder, suicide, and acts of terrorism.

Reviewer: Carolina Herdegen

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