XO is a slow burner. It centres around a famous country singer Kayleigh Towe. Kayleigh has a creepy stalker who manages to find her wherever she is, a distant father, is on yet another step-mother and has a squeaky clean image to protect. But her seemingly perfect life is thrown into a tailspin when people around her start dying. Her stalker Edwin is the obvious suspect, but could someone else behind the attacks on the people in her life? The killer is using each verse from Kayleigh’s song ‘Your Shadow’ to kill each victim, and Special Agent Kathryn Dance from the CBI must find the killer before the last victim and the last verse collide. Kathryn Dance is likable, stubborn and smart. I struggled with the two men in her life but I think that may be because this is the first novel I’ve read by Deaver. They felt a bit like an afterthought just thrown in to try and ground Dance’s character more, but it didn’t work for me.
I’ll admit, I did skim read some parts. It was very detailed about the music industry, recordings, illegal sharing and profits to the point where it bogged it down.The book starts slow and then all the twists seem to come at once and almost out of nowhere.Well one of them came out of nowhere and the rest were pretty predictable.
My review is a little short on this one, and although it was an okay read it wasn’t particularly brilliant. I feel a little indifferent towards the book, which by the way isn’t a short read, and wish that Deaver had done more to keep me as the reader gripped.