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ASIN moved from less recent edition here You will never guess the ending!Am I pretty? Imagine being asked that question standing face to face with a killer. What would you answer? While her life is going from bad to worse, journalist Mary Mills receives a phone call from her father telling her that her brother has been arrested for murder. Mary decides to go back to her hom ASIN moved from less recent edition here You will never guess the ending!Am I pretty? Imagine being asked that question standing face to face with a killer. What would you answer? While her life is going from bad to worse, journalist Mary Mills receives a phone call from her father telling her that her brother has been arrested for murder. Mary decides to go back to her hometown of Cocoa Beach, Florida, which she left twenty years back and has never visited since. Working with her old friends from the 7th Street Crew, she tracks down the most disturbing and surprising killer this town has ever faced before a shocking conclusion turns everything upside down for them. Determined to solve the murder and to have her brother acquitted, Mary is forced to face demons from her past she never thought she would have to again.


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ASIN moved from less recent edition here You will never guess the ending!Am I pretty? Imagine being asked that question standing face to face with a killer. What would you answer? While her life is going from bad to worse, journalist Mary Mills receives a phone call from her father telling her that her brother has been arrested for murder. Mary decides to go back to her hom ASIN moved from less recent edition here You will never guess the ending!Am I pretty? Imagine being asked that question standing face to face with a killer. What would you answer? While her life is going from bad to worse, journalist Mary Mills receives a phone call from her father telling her that her brother has been arrested for murder. Mary decides to go back to her hometown of Cocoa Beach, Florida, which she left twenty years back and has never visited since. Working with her old friends from the 7th Street Crew, she tracks down the most disturbing and surprising killer this town has ever faced before a shocking conclusion turns everything upside down for them. Determined to solve the murder and to have her brother acquitted, Mary is forced to face demons from her past she never thought she would have to again.

30 review for What Hurts the Most

  1. 4 out of 5

    Coco.V

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  2. 4 out of 5

    Betsy Byrd

    Awesome! Omg!! This book is amazing!! Never saw the ending coming!! I have read a lot of her books and I think this series might end up being the best she has written!!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Augie Murray-Young

    In the beginning several different story lines and I question what is this book about? Willow Rose successfully pulls together an intriguing twisting entertaining book. Look forward to reading the next book in this series.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Shower

    Great story Willow Rose's books are among my favorite but I wish her publishing company had experienced editors! I am unsure if it is just in ebook format but there are so many errors, typos, etc in all of her books that I have read. This one the page numbering was messed up. It detracts from the story. Great story Willow Rose's books are among my favorite but I wish her publishing company had experienced editors! I am unsure if it is just in ebook format but there are so many errors, typos, etc in all of her books that I have read. This one the page numbering was messed up. It detracts from the story.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Rainelle

    What Hurts the Most, by Willow Rose. What an amazing ending for this nail biting, page gripping suspense thriller. Mary was fantastic with her investigating abilities. I normally don’t read books that involve investigative reporters. Don’t ask me why. But it was something about this book that pulled me in to read it. Maybe it was the authors name that is so original and unique, with a bit of mystery about it, or could it be the title of the book? It could be a collaboration of them both. All tha What Hurts the Most, by Willow Rose. What an amazing ending for this nail biting, page gripping suspense thriller. Mary was fantastic with her investigating abilities. I normally don’t read books that involve investigative reporters. Don’t ask me why. But it was something about this book that pulled me in to read it. Maybe it was the authors name that is so original and unique, with a bit of mystery about it, or could it be the title of the book? It could be a collaboration of them both. All that I can say is, that the psychological suspense was very powerful in this story. Just when I thought that the story would lead me down the path to a person who I thought was pulling the strings, I would be directed over to someone else who holds another peace to the puzzle. I’m very interested to know who the General is. I thought it was a certain person, but I was clearly wrong as that person was incapacitated. The book most definitely is a page turner. I found myself staying up late trying figure out who the General was. I liked that Mary had a number people to rely on in the story. All the characters made some type of contributions to help Mary in her investigation. I have to say one character really had me scared. Her name is AK. That woman… oh wow! Talk about someone needing some calming medication. That woman was a well built Tasmanian devil that the military let loose! I found all the suspense very exciting as well as the action jaw dropping. The flashbacks and flash forwards helped explain reasons of why the story was taking the direction a certain way. I thought that this style made the book even more better. It was like you were holding a secret that some characters didn’t have and when it came time for the secret to be exposed, you found yourself surprised and shouting what the heck at the shock of it all. I so look forward to the next book that comes out. I give this book two snaps and a, Mary, its time to take up some self protection classes. Until next time my fellow readers… read on!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jan Whitman

    A really good book - hard to put down. Here were a lot of characters to keep straight but it definitely has a twist

  7. 5 out of 5

    Stacy

    Another great read by Willow Rose. Can't wait to read the next one in this series! Another great read by Willow Rose. Can't wait to read the next one in this series!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Debbie

    I loved this book and can't wait to read more about Mary and the 7th st gang. Mary Mills is a reporter for the New York Times just as she gets fired and is wondering how she is going to find a new job and support herself and her young son Salter she finds out her bother has been arrested for murder. She returns to Cocoa Beach to help him. She reunites with her estranged husband, and her old high school friends as of course mystery and murder surround them. The story moves along swapping back and I loved this book and can't wait to read more about Mary and the 7th st gang. Mary Mills is a reporter for the New York Times just as she gets fired and is wondering how she is going to find a new job and support herself and her young son Salter she finds out her bother has been arrested for murder. She returns to Cocoa Beach to help him. She reunites with her estranged husband, and her old high school friends as of course mystery and murder surround them. The story moves along swapping back and forth between 2015, 1995 and 1992, but never gets confusing because it all pulls together in the end. I love that Willow gives links to some of the articles she used in her research at the end of the book, very interesting. Willow Rose has become my new favorite author, I have to read everything she has written, they are all quite addicting and a great read on my day off. I just love her stories and characters.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kellie

    Okay maybe it’s petty but If you’re going to write a book or military members are key characters it wouldn’t hurt you to do a little bit of research. The Air Force and Army are not the same and Air Force members do not call themselves soldiers. It’s an Air Force vase, not Army. Airmen don’t generally spend lots of time at the shooting range. Someone as sick in the head as Liz would definitely have been discovered and kicked out for the stunts she pulled. The story is good, it just annoys me when Okay maybe it’s petty but If you’re going to write a book or military members are key characters it wouldn’t hurt you to do a little bit of research. The Air Force and Army are not the same and Air Force members do not call themselves soldiers. It’s an Air Force vase, not Army. Airmen don’t generally spend lots of time at the shooting range. Someone as sick in the head as Liz would definitely have been discovered and kicked out for the stunts she pulled. The story is good, it just annoys me when you easily verifiable facts aren’t correct, even in fiction. Also heart surgery was done on babies in the 70s even little newborns so that part isn’t accurate either. It is a good story though and kept me guessing til the end.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Bookish Heidi

    Might be my new favorite series I love the idea of this big group of friends that all add their own piece to the puzzle. Without a single one of them, none of the pieces fit together. I love it!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Suzie Quint

    I enjoyed to characters more than the mystery, but I wasn't crazy about the back and forth in time and withholding how the heroine and main villain were connected. I enjoyed to characters more than the mystery, but I wasn't crazy about the back and forth in time and withholding how the heroine and main villain were connected.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Ronald Keeler

    The Synopsis What Hurts the Most by Willow Rose is the first novel in a “7th Street Crew” series. The Crew is a set of characters from the past which has come together in the present to solve a mystery involving one or more of them. Early on we meet Blake Mills, an appealing free-lance artist, a bit of a rogue and a bit stupid. Doing whatever one wants as one bounces carelessly through life is appealing to a reader such as myself but having a girlfriend who is married to a general, a power in the The Synopsis What Hurts the Most by Willow Rose is the first novel in a “7th Street Crew” series. The Crew is a set of characters from the past which has come together in the present to solve a mystery involving one or more of them. Early on we meet Blake Mills, an appealing free-lance artist, a bit of a rogue and a bit stupid. Doing whatever one wants as one bounces carelessly through life is appealing to a reader such as myself but having a girlfriend who is married to a general, a power in the local community with hints of connections to a dark force is stupid. Something will go wrong and that central thing forms the theme of this novel. Blake is arrested early in the novel for a crime that we readers suspect he probably did not commit. It might be a revenge thing and a frame constructed by the evil general. Next, in our setup, we meet Mary. She is a successful journalist but possibly pushes boundaries too much in terms of verification of sources. Shades of Fake News. Punishment is termination of employment. She will go back to Cocoa Beach, Florida at the invitation of her father. Her brother, Blake has been arrested for murder. Maybe her journalistic investigative skills can uncover what really happened. Perhaps her financial condition just got better as she can stay with her father. If only she didn’t hate her stepmother, Laura, so much. Laura helpfully returns the hatred in full measure. Good times for Mary’s Dad. And where is Mary’s biological mother? We quickly find out that she is dead but the cause of her death is another mystery. A single mother with a son, Salter, Mary is concerned about financial stability once her severance package is exhausted. Cocoa Beach is where the “crew” will be reunited. On to Liz. Watch out for Liz. It seems there is something pathological about her. One clue is the way she and her “posse” threaten to physically emasculate a male pickup in a bar. Forcing him to drink Drano was an added painful touch, one not agreed to by every gang member who followed Liz. Does the fact that Liz is a combat veteran still serving in the Army cause her viciousness? Or is it genetics? There is a backstory of Penelope, Peter, and a couple of kids. This story involves spousal abuse and a strange medical condition. Does one (spousal abuse) cause the other (medical condition)? Add this mystery to the Blake Mills murder mystery. Mary reunites with her gang, the 7th Street Crew. There is Sandra, her best friend. There is Chloe, a computer hacker. Computer hackers are an annoying necessity in mystery novels. Startling revelations without much evidentiary base have to come from somewhere. And there is a most important character, Mary’s ex-husband and Salter’s Dad, Joey. He appears in a low-key help mode. He doesn’t want to push any reconciliation with Mary, a goal much desired by Salter. It is good that Joey is there with a place to stay for Mary when Laura, the evil stepmother throws Mary out of her father’s house. And that is the setup for the novel. Nothing more needs to be said at the risk of injecting spoilers. The following line, not a spoiler, is my pick for my favorite line of the novel. “Am I pretty?” (recurs many times in the novel so I won’t cite a location). The Author Willow Rose is a prolific author; I would get exhausted (and probably confused) just trying to count the numbers of books, short stories, novels in a series, and boxed sets that she has published. I just accept her figures in the “About the Author” section that there are more than 50 novels to her credit. She writes Mystery, Paranormal, Romance, Suspense, Horror, Supernatural thrillers, and Fantasy. Good enough. I will continue to just be a selfish reader and enjoy her works as I discover them. My Opinion Published in 2013, the novel has 95 chapters. Each chapter has a title that is a combination of a month and year. Chapters range from February 1977 to October 2015 with stops in 1978, 1979, 1984, 1986, and 1992. Months in each of the years vary. This is not a minor point and readers should pay attention. Characters may change names due to either marriage or attempts at deception. I found this to be a feature of Willow Rose novels. It gives her the opportunity to weave backstories with present action, something I believe she does skillfully. The novel moves fast and, as mentioned, crosses several timelines. It is good but all the Willow Rose novels I have read are good. She is one of my “Go To’ authors for a guaranteed good read. And, so far, her endings have surprised me every time. It should not be surprising that I gave this novel five Amazon stars. At 454 pages for USD 0.99, this is a good deal. This novel takes up to 92% of the 454 pages; the rest is an excerpt from what follows next. After all, this is Book One of the series.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Bettyboop

    Another goodread from Willow Rose. It’s an exciting thriller with more normal characters, a group of kids that grew up together as ‘The 7th Street Crew’. Their camaraderie held them together as they experienced trials and tribulations in their lives. Willow’s writing and storyline draws the reader in and makes it all so real like these are real people facing real life issues as in job loss, alcoholism, Munchausen Syndrome and their past. I loved the characters and the story kept me interested an Another goodread from Willow Rose. It’s an exciting thriller with more normal characters, a group of kids that grew up together as ‘The 7th Street Crew’. Their camaraderie held them together as they experienced trials and tribulations in their lives. Willow’s writing and storyline draws the reader in and makes it all so real like these are real people facing real life issues as in job loss, alcoholism, Munchausen Syndrome and their past. I loved the characters and the story kept me interested and guessing who and why, someone is killing old classmates, one by one. The twisted ending was totally unexpected and so very twisted. I was shocked for Mary and what happened to Sandra was too painful for anyone to endure. Read this book and you will feel it, too, plus you won’t be able to put it down. Cant wait to pick up with the Crew in book 2. Reading it next.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie Jenkins Ortiz Cerrillo

    Another excellent read by Willow Rose! Rose may be my favorite Suspense/Thriller author to date. This book has so much going on, so many twists that I did not see coming, that there is no way for me to delve into the actual story without going on and on. All I can say is if you like the Murder/Suspense genre you have to give What Hurts The Most a read. This book is the first in Willow Rose', Mary Mill series, and I can't wait to read the rest. Willow Rose never disappoints and often shocks and s Another excellent read by Willow Rose! Rose may be my favorite Suspense/Thriller author to date. This book has so much going on, so many twists that I did not see coming, that there is no way for me to delve into the actual story without going on and on. All I can say is if you like the Murder/Suspense genre you have to give What Hurts The Most a read. This book is the first in Willow Rose', Mary Mill series, and I can't wait to read the rest. Willow Rose never disappoints and often shocks and surprises me.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Angela S

    I bet I started this book 6 times over the past year and each time I would read a bit more and before I knew it, I got hooked! I really liked the way the author brought the gang back after a number of years and how all of them rallied around each other in their time of crisis. The storyline kept me guessing especially with how the book began. I will be moving onto the second one!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Lin Perrett

    Thank you Netgalley for the copy in exchange for a honest review. The first of the Mary Mills Mysteries this book has several plots that all link together. Mary has just been fired from her reporter job when her Dad rings to say her brother has been arrested for murder. Mary flies home with her son Salter to clear her brothers name. Then some of Mary's old school friends are murdered. Is there a serial killer on the loose? A great thriller with several twists. Thank you Netgalley for the copy in exchange for a honest review. The first of the Mary Mills Mysteries this book has several plots that all link together. Mary has just been fired from her reporter job when her Dad rings to say her brother has been arrested for murder. Mary flies home with her son Salter to clear her brothers name. Then some of Mary's old school friends are murdered. Is there a serial killer on the loose? A great thriller with several twists.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    I had great expectations for this mystery, since the author has dozens of best selling series to her credit. I'd never read any of her work before, and hoped this book would open a bunch of new titles to me. It was a tough go. The book is written in first person which, for some reason, drives me crazy, especially as it jumps forward and backward in time, roughly between the 1980s and 2015. I don't really like movies that do that time jumping either. The novel has a good mystery at its core and s I had great expectations for this mystery, since the author has dozens of best selling series to her credit. I'd never read any of her work before, and hoped this book would open a bunch of new titles to me. It was a tough go. The book is written in first person which, for some reason, drives me crazy, especially as it jumps forward and backward in time, roughly between the 1980s and 2015. I don't really like movies that do that time jumping either. The novel has a good mystery at its core and several back-stories that kept me coming back, although the violently gory murders and several creepy protagonists were not the mystery styles I seek out. The story was very intricate and the plot twists and turns were all well structured and surprising. The novel deals with a series of attacks and murders which took place over several decades in and around Cocoa Beach, FL, which the main character, Mary Mills, grew up. Her past is somewhat of a mystery itself, with details parsed out very slowly through the narrative, but we know she lost her mother and is estranged from her father for unknown reasons. When those shocking details are divulged, other parts of the story start to fit together, but we're never really sure if what we've learned is real. Ultimately, the mystery is resolved and the culprits revealed, but the novel still has a few twists and turns to reveal before the end. It was a good story if you can deal with the tense and time-jumps. I'll give Willow Rose another shot.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    You will never guess the ending! Am I pretty? Imagine being asked that question standing face to face with a killer. What would you answer? While her life is going from bad to worse, journalist Mary Mills receives a phone call from her father telling her that her brother has been arrested for murder. Mary decides to go back to her hometown of Cocoa Beach, Florida, which she left twenty years back and has never visited since. Working with her old friends from the 7th Street Crew, she track You will never guess the ending! Am I pretty? Imagine being asked that question standing face to face with a killer. What would you answer? While her life is going from bad to worse, journalist Mary Mills receives a phone call from her father telling her that her brother has been arrested for murder. Mary decides to go back to her hometown of Cocoa Beach, Florida, which she left twenty years back and has never visited since. Working with her old friends from the 7th Street Crew, she tracks down the most disturbing and surprising killer this town has ever faced before a shocking conclusion turns everything upside down for them. Determined to solve the murder and to have her brother acquitted, Mary is forced to face demons from her past she never thought she would have to again. ??? What Hurts the Most is a chilling, fast-paced story of murder and revenge. What did I think: five stars all the way OMG I know that I keep saying this but its true ,what a great start to a new series, even know after I finish reading it one question keeps coming to mind: Am I pretty? . Who could of or would ever guess that one little question could give you the hebejebes. In this case it does, or at lest to me it did, so what did I love about this story: 1: how its told : if you don't like books that at first you read what happens in the present then it goes to the past so you can see what happened that led up to the present then this might not be for you , but I loved it, 2: the character's : loved seen how they where in the present and how they were in the past. 3: the twist and turns: and believe me there are some 4: keeps you guessing on how did it 5: and OMG the ending, I ever seen it coming, 6: its a chilling, fast-paced story of murder and revenge So with that said I hope you go and pick it up for your self and see what I mean. Can't wait to get book 2 of this series.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Liz Terek

    Willow Rose has launched a brand new series with tremendous potential. True to her other novels, this one is creepy, suspenseful, & has a strong female lead. While she is the 'star' of the book, Mary shares her spotlight with the entire 7th Street Crew. This way we have some heroines & some heroes. Also in following with her past works, Willow goes from past to present, chapter by chapter, seamlessly. It isn't a light read. Readers will need to do a bit of thinking as the secrets pile up & are m Willow Rose has launched a brand new series with tremendous potential. True to her other novels, this one is creepy, suspenseful, & has a strong female lead. While she is the 'star' of the book, Mary shares her spotlight with the entire 7th Street Crew. This way we have some heroines & some heroes. Also in following with her past works, Willow goes from past to present, chapter by chapter, seamlessly. It isn't a light read. Readers will need to do a bit of thinking as the secrets pile up & are methodically revealed. Unlike her other books, there is significantly less gore & sex (which is a good thing). The plot is very creative. Willow Rose is extremely talented & has taken a bold move in starting a fresh, new series, especially one with multiple main characters. However, it works. This series can be huge for her if she maintains the same quality that this debut has to it. It's a 4 star novel & I am really looking forward to more.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Tere Fredericks

    The Setting is Certainly Different Although Willow Rose's other series (except Jack Ryder) are set in Scandinavia, this one takes place in Cocoa Beach, FL, practically my back yard. This actually makes it easier for her American fans to read, I think. As usual, we go back and forth in time. It makes no sense until almost the end, and the reader exhales, "Of course!" But Ms. Rose has still many more tricks up her sleeve, and the ending is quite a shock - you just see it coming. I'm delighted to rea The Setting is Certainly Different Although Willow Rose's other series (except Jack Ryder) are set in Scandinavia, this one takes place in Cocoa Beach, FL, practically my back yard. This actually makes it easier for her American fans to read, I think. As usual, we go back and forth in time. It makes no sense until almost the end, and the reader exhales, "Of course!" But Ms. Rose has still many more tricks up her sleeve, and the ending is quite a shock - you just see it coming. I'm delighted to read that this is the first in a long series of the group, because I fell in love with them. Bonnie and Clyde need more "air" time.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Tonya Lucas

    Willow Rose is a master at psychological suspense. What Hurts The Most was an exceptional book with an explosive plot. The revealing conclusion was such a shocker, not once, twice, but three times. Just when I thought the murders were solved, in came another stunning twist. Fantastic book.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Barbara Pitcher

    A great new series! Loved this new series! Love all the new characters in this book! She always keeps you on the edge till the end of the book!! A great story! Love all her books!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Tulay

    Dark mystery. Parts were very confusing, many characters and their back grounds. Ending was very shocking. Read many books written by this author, couple of them was good.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Steve Johnson

    Willow Rose kicks off a new series with an intriguing murder mystery. Main character Mary Mills loses her job as a reporter for The New York Times and moves south to her childhood home in Cocoa Beach, Florida. There she is reunited with former high school friends known as the 7th Street Crew. They enjoyed surfing and hanging out together. The friends are all grown up now but they have not outgrown the secrets, jealousy, rivalries and camaraderie that defined them years ago. Mary's son, Salter, i Willow Rose kicks off a new series with an intriguing murder mystery. Main character Mary Mills loses her job as a reporter for The New York Times and moves south to her childhood home in Cocoa Beach, Florida. There she is reunited with former high school friends known as the 7th Street Crew. They enjoyed surfing and hanging out together. The friends are all grown up now but they have not outgrown the secrets, jealousy, rivalries and camaraderie that defined them years ago. Mary's son, Salter, is eager to be reunited with his estranged dad, Joey, and is hopeful his parents will get back together. A series of tragic events does draw Mary and Joey closer. Mary's brother, Blake, is accused in a murder. Mary believes Blake, an artist, was framed by his lover's husband, a general with a shady past. She sets out to prove his innocence. Meanwhile, there are other murders which could be related. Mary learns the victims were all members of a high school group. Danger builds and the body count rises. Beware of some twists near the end. Just when you think you have it all figured out, you will likely be very wrong. A few problems mar this otherwise entertaining read. For some strange reason, the author repeatedly refers to adults as boys or girls, which is a bit jarring. Also, why would Mary have a problem talking with cops if she was once a crime reporter? Getting along with cops would have been a must for that job. There is also a problem with salaries and real estate prices. Could a journalist afford to live in Manhattan and also send her kid to an exclusive private school? This is not very believable based on my knowledge of newspaper salaries, even The Times. Mary wasn't very worried about the loss of her job. I didn't feel enough panic or despair concerning that. She seemed to have an unrealistically large savings, enough to cover her unemployment period, even enough to foot the bill for her brother's legal defense. Come on, newspapers don't pay that much, especially now in the days of declining ad sales and sharp cutbacks. There is strange treatment of Mary's son, Salter, who seems to fade in and out of the story. At one point, his parents were discussing terrifying matters in his presence and it was like he wasn't even there. My children would be reacting strongly and be very involved in the conversation with about a million questions. They certainly wouldn't just sit there quietly. Mary's unlikely choice of Salter's name is a bit over the top, as the reader will discover. The sex scenes could have been written in more professional, more mature manner. Body juices? Really? Some of the violence in this book can be disturbing, so be warned. Despite its faults, the book is an entertaining read and makes one want to check out the next offering in the series.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Tony Parsons

    1995, Cocoa Beach. Holly Leslie runs from her assailants. A arrow from a spear gun pierces her back as she falls onto the A1A highway. 9/2015, While Blake Mills (son, artist/painter, Mary’s brother) & Olivia Hartman (23, Blake’s lover) are about to have sex, Detective Chris Fisher is pounding on his door. Taken to the police station he is booked in for murder of Jamilla Jenkins (33, military; Iraq, Afghanistan). The trial was held, verdict read Blake was sent to prison. Manhattan, NY. Times-Tower 1995, Cocoa Beach. Holly Leslie runs from her assailants. A arrow from a spear gun pierces her back as she falls onto the A1A highway. 9/2015, While Blake Mills (son, artist/painter, Mary’s brother) & Olivia Hartman (23, Blake’s lover) are about to have sex, Detective Chris Fisher is pounding on his door. Taken to the police station he is booked in for murder of Jamilla Jenkins (33, military; Iraq, Afghanistan). The trial was held, verdict read Blake was sent to prison. Manhattan, NY. Times-Tower. Mary Mills (mom, journalist, surfer) just got the news from Markus Fergusson (Mary’s boss, New York Times Chief Editor). She would now be looking for another job. Orlando, FL (Brevard County). Mary & Salter (9, Mary’s son), arrived at Mr. Mills (75, dad) & Laura (GF) house. Mr. Mills had no intention of bailing Blake out of jail. Mary told James Holland (Blake’s lawyer) she would keep paying the bill. Snug Harbor (FL). Fast forward, what happened to Jean Schmidt (wife/mother, DMV)? Coraline Cane is killed, Cassie Morgan is killed, & Jean Schmidt is murdered. The serial killer must still be out there. Warning: This book is for adults only & contains extreme violent or graphic adult content or profanity &/or sexually explicit scenarios. It may be offensive to some readers. I did not receive any type of compensation for reading & reviewing this book. While I receive free books from publishers & authors, I am under no obligation to write a positive review. Only an honest one. A very awesome book cover, great font & writing style. A very well written thriller book. It was very easy for me to read/follow from start/finish & never a dull moment. There were no grammar/typo errors, nor any repetitive or out of line sequence sentences. Lots of exciting scenarios, with several twists/turns & a large set of unique characters to keep track of. This could also make another great thriller movie, or better yet a mini TV series. Had to piece this 1 together, but I ended up liking it. To be continued. That said I will rate it at 5 stars. Thank you for the free author; Amazon Digital Services LLC.; book Tony Parsons MSW (Washburn)

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jacqui

    What Hurts the Most is a psychological thriller and is the first in a series. Mary Mills has had better days. She has just been fired from her job as a journalist for a good piece of work and received a phone call to say that her brother has been arrested and charged with murder. She packs up her son and heads off to Cocoa Beach where she grew up, determined to clear his name. The problem is that she is running right back to the people and problems she left behind; including an ex-husband, a mani What Hurts the Most is a psychological thriller and is the first in a series. Mary Mills has had better days. She has just been fired from her job as a journalist for a good piece of work and received a phone call to say that her brother has been arrested and charged with murder. She packs up her son and heads off to Cocoa Beach where she grew up, determined to clear his name. The problem is that she is running right back to the people and problems she left behind; including an ex-husband, a manipulative stepmother, a downtrodden father, and a group of friends she hung out with known as the 7Th Street Crew. The case becomes more sinister as more bodies turn up and Mary gets threatened by some very high levels in the military base in her old hometown. As past and present collide and old hatred rears its head, can Mary find the help she needs from her old crew or will she be one of the next bodies? This is one of the better works by the author and I enjoyed the psychological aspects of it. It takes a bit of time in the beginning to get your head around all of the characters and their timelines as they only come together much later in the story. As you are fed more and more clues you start piecing it together and then find out your assumptions are incorrect. The whole idea behind it must be read with artistic licence as once you start questioning certain aspects or actions, some incidents don’t tie together (like a certain photo at the end) or actions being strange (a group of friends who are now adults are all still afraid of the school bully but all working together to break the law and fight for justice). These can be overlooked to enjoy the story in its entirety. The writing is good but I did find some jumps between 1st and 3rd person POV for the same character which caused a jolt in the reading experience. Take the story with a pinch of salt and enjoy the tale for what it is: an enjoyable afternoon’s read with a twist that you didn’t see coming.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Robert Crouch

    This is the first of the Mary Mills mysteries, set in Cocoa Beach, Florida. What a life she’s had – traumatised by the death of her mother, separated from her husband, sacked from her high-powered job as a reporter, and she’s on a sadistic killer’s hit list. Could things get any worse? Yes, her brother’s been arrested for murder. It’s a complex story that features a close knit community of friends in a coastal town. After her mother was killed, Mary left Cocoa Beach. Now, thirty years later, she’s This is the first of the Mary Mills mysteries, set in Cocoa Beach, Florida. What a life she’s had – traumatised by the death of her mother, separated from her husband, sacked from her high-powered job as a reporter, and she’s on a sadistic killer’s hit list. Could things get any worse? Yes, her brother’s been arrested for murder. It’s a complex story that features a close knit community of friends in a coastal town. After her mother was killed, Mary left Cocoa Beach. Now, thirty years later, she’s back to rescue her brother, refusing to believe he killed anyone. It’s not all plain sailing as returning evokes plenty of memories. Then there’s her husband, Joey, back running his surf school where it all began. It takes Mary time to find her feet and make any headway, even when she discovers her brother was having an affair with the wife of a general from the nearby military base. Then there’s a killer, running around stabbing people in the neck with scissors – people who were friends in a particular group at school. The race is on to save the remaining people in the group. The story moves back and forth in time and the episodes seem to have little in common until the author draws them all together as the climax hurtles into view. At times it’s breath taking, at times humorous, and never less than emotionally involving as the story unfolds. The author doesn’t pull any punches and handles the various strands and characters with confidence and conviction, painting a credible and exciting murder mystery with some devilish twists that could leave you gasping in disbelief. At first, I thought there was too much going on, too much to absorb and so many characters to keep in my head. But as the story unfolded, I was drawn in until I couldn’t stop turning the pages. This is a memorable novel for all the right reasons. I’ve got the next Mary Mills on my Kindle, ready to read.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jean

    I just read "What Hurts the Most", by Willow Rose. I thought it was a great book. The author did a great job on introducing a vibrant, passionate main character in the book named Mary. Mary is called back to her small home town because she needs to solve a mystery that is directly related to her past. In order to do so, she must confront and solve the issues of her past and acknowledge what made her leave. When the first read this book, I though the ending was simply too outrageous, but then when I just read "What Hurts the Most", by Willow Rose. I thought it was a great book. The author did a great job on introducing a vibrant, passionate main character in the book named Mary. Mary is called back to her small home town because she needs to solve a mystery that is directly related to her past. In order to do so, she must confront and solve the issues of her past and acknowledge what made her leave. When the first read this book, I though the ending was simply too outrageous, but then when I found out that there was a series coming, I thought the ending was excellent because it sets up further adventures and pursuits for Mary. The book was well written, well-paced and included intrigue and suspense to keep the pages turning. In enjoyed this book very much and really liked the main character. She was flawed but fiercely devoted to helping others. The ending left me wanting more, and wanting to read more about Mary's adventures. I recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of this genre. You will be entertained and intrigued throughout. Thank you to Net Galley for providing me with a copy of this book . I will definately be reading moe from this author.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Denice Langley

    1st book in the 7th Street Crew series. Willow Rose adds another series to her prolific back library where the titles cover all genres and themes. A Willow Rose fan knwos that her books are not the run of the mill usual mystery solving books. Happily ever after is just a suggestion, not a rule. Her characters live in a world where anything can, and has, happened. When her brother's arrest for murder provides Mary Mills' the perfect excuse to return to her hometown and move in with her father.... 1st book in the 7th Street Crew series. Willow Rose adds another series to her prolific back library where the titles cover all genres and themes. A Willow Rose fan knwos that her books are not the run of the mill usual mystery solving books. Happily ever after is just a suggestion, not a rule. Her characters live in a world where anything can, and has, happened. When her brother's arrest for murder provides Mary Mills' the perfect excuse to return to her hometown and move in with her father....and her sterotypical stepmother....she will find herself back in the familiar circle of friends, family, and ex-husband that she had thought in her past. Seems Mary wrote one too many stories for publication where the facts could not be verified. She finds herself without a job and needing a soft place for she and her son to land. if you've read any of Willow Rose's back library, you know that Mary's soft landing will not be soft. As Mary and her circle of friends work to prove her brother innocent, the story takes a few sudden twists and your guess to the real killer will change often. Another great series start for Rose and her readers.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Michele

    Most of us remember high school with it's groups. There were the very popular people, the not so popular people, the nerds and the really bad ones that most of us tried to stay away from. Well Cocoa Beach High has them all!! Mary Mills had left Cocoa Beach but when she received a phone call from her father that her brother was arrested and was being charged with murder--she had no choice--back she went! Now something horrendous had happened back in her high school days (you will have to read this Most of us remember high school with it's groups. There were the very popular people, the not so popular people, the nerds and the really bad ones that most of us tried to stay away from. Well Cocoa Beach High has them all!! Mary Mills had left Cocoa Beach but when she received a phone call from her father that her brother was arrested and was being charged with murder--she had no choice--back she went! Now something horrendous had happened back in her high school days (you will have to read this novel to find out what)--but her crowd was still there and they eventually all get together to try to exonerate her brother. Meanwhile there is a killer on the loose---everyone thinks that they have figured out who it is--they are wrong. And as for her brother--she got him out of jail---but---- The twists and turns in this one will have your head spinning and some of it will have your skin crawling as if spiders were walking all over you! One thing for certain--you will never guess the ending!!

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