Meet the women of Buckhead—a place of expensive cars, huge houses, and competitive friendships.
Shannon was once the queen bee of Buckhead. But she’s been unceremoniously dumped by Bryce, her politician husband. When Bryce replaces her with a much younger woman, Shannon sets out to take revenge …
Crystal has stepped into Shannon’s old shoes. A young, innocent Texan girl, she simply has no idea what she’s up against …
Olivia has waited years to take Shannon’s crown as the unofficial queen of Buckhead. Finally, her moment has come. But to take her rightful place, she will need to use every backstabbing, manipulative, underhand trick in the book …
Jenny owns Glow, the most exclusive salon in town. Jenny knows all her clients’ secrets and darkest desires. But will she ever tell?
Who amongst these women will be clever enough to survive Buckhead—and who will wind up dead? They say that friendships can be complex, but no one said it could ever be this deadly.
My Rating: 4/5 Stars
If I could categorize my reading outside of my usual romance, it would for sure be thriller/mystery. One of my latest thriller reads that I’ve really adored is Jeneva Rose’s One of Us Is Dead. The book is set in an elite town outside of Atlanta, Georgia, called Buckhead, following the rich queen bees of the town, who convene daily at Jenny’s high-end beauty salon. Olivia, the town’s ruthless alpha, can’t help but give snide comments about everything & everyone, including Shannon, whose recent divorce to a town politician has gotten even more attention, after her ex-husband soon remarried a young twenty something, Crystal. Karen can’t help but feel bad for Shannon, but knows she can’t say anything without Olivia saying about it. Jenny and her best friend & co-worker, Keisha, watch as the drama unravels as the women visit the salon each day & more & more secrets are exposed. The novel begins with a detective interviewing Jenny about a murder involving the women and goes back to the weeks leading up to the murder.
Reader, I started this book late on a Friday night and had it finished by the following Saturday evening. One of Us Is Dead is the definition of addicting. We get the perspectives of five of the women, Olivia, Karen, Crystal, Shannon, & Jenny. Jenny was definitely the most interesting to read from, between her police interviews and her viewpoint as the salon owner and not an exact friend of the women. I really liked the salon setting, and I think having one main setting (we sometimes go to one of the women’s houses or a bar) made it easier to focus on the plot & mystery. If you love books about the elite, you’ll love all the details involving their designer clothes & bags and seeing Olivia out own hundred dollar bill after hundred dollar bill.
As I was reading, I couldn’t help but think One of Us Is Dead would make a perfect Netflix murder mystery series. You’d have the opulent mansions owned by the women, jenny’s salon, and flashbacks/forwards between Jenny’s police interviews and the events leading up to the murder. I also think TV would be the perfect format to get more on each of the women’s back stories, especially Crystal’s as there’s information revealed about her past in Texas towards the end of the book that goes a little understood. Now who do I have to talk to in order to get this on Netflix?
Overall, One of Us Is Dead is one of my favorite thrillers of 2022! Also sidenote that Jeneva Rose’s TikTok is a must watch – her husband often co-stars in her videos and I LOVE his reaction tot his book’s trailer & when he pitches her books.
One of Us Is Dead comes out on April 26th.
This review is based on an advanced reader’s edition provided by the publisher. By no means did receiving this copy affect my thoughts or opinions.
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