Book Review: If You Dare


If You Dare
by A.R. Torre

The rules are the same. I can’t open the door. I can’t leave. I can’t kill anyone. The only difference is, I don’t set the rules anymore. Guards in grey uniforms do. It is everything I never wanted and everything I always deserved. I write to you now, from a prison cell. My home for the next twenty to thirty years. That’s the going term for murder.

Wow, I’m actually pretty sad that it’s over and so down because of that ending! This series really grew and became better with each book but the main character Deanna is just incredible. I love A.R. Torre for writing these books that were so entertaining and addictive. She’s just so unpredictable with her insane reasoning for everything she does. Her thought process is basically, I want to kill but I’m not going to go out and kill but if someone comes into my apartment that’s free game and you’re asking for it! It’s hilarious.

“Where were you last night, Ms. Madden?”

From the blurb of this book and the first chapter, we know Deanna is in jail. We’re not quite sure why she’s in jail but considering she likes to’s not hard to guess why. The real question is which one of her murderers is she being charged for? No spoilers, of course, but the plot of this book was a little surprising to me. I’m glad it turned out the way it did for Deanna’s sake but I was hoping for a different ending. Also, I loved that we had an inside look into the person investigating her and trying to put her behind bars. It was nice not to totally despise the other p.o.v like we did in the first two books.

I also like that every big point of these three books is different but it still has the same background to each. She’s still working from home and dealing with her issues but something big happens each time and grows and grows until the climatic point. It’s kind of like a criminal show where every episode there is a start, middle and end and that’s nice because usually when I read trilogies the start will be good, the middle book will be nothing but set-up and then you finally get the great stuff at the end of the third book.

“She’s guilty but it’s wrong.”

One little thing I am super annoyed at is the cover change with this third book because I can’t handle a cover change of a beautiful series. The silhouette and the bold white title along the page are the same but I think it would have looked much nicer being more of the same design at the first two with a whole colour block image and the silhouette close up. I’m just really not a fan of the extra text in the background because it’s distracting to the main image in the middle but the story inside is excellent so I can’t complain too much.

I definitely enjoyed this book the most out of the three because it really was a huge rising point for Deanna and her inner demons. She’s a fantastic, strong, crazy character on her own but she also has such great supporting characters in Mike, Derek and Jeremy. These books also made me ship her with all three of them even though I love her with Jeremy. I’m glad the author said she still has more ideas for Deanna’s life because I’m not finished reading about her now that I’ve fallen deep into her charm. So hopefully those stories come to us readers super soon as well as that movie because I would love to see that!

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– Kirra

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