Book Review: Once Wicked Always Dead by T. Marie Benchley

Book: Once Wicked Always Dead

Author & Illustrator: T. Marie Benchley
Publisher: M.M. W.E. Publishing House
Publish Date: September 1, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-9844787-0-5
Category: Suspense/Romance

Description

Molly Madison is unaware of the Sociopath who is on the loose, creating havoc with a sense of their own justice. Her life is shattered by the sudden death of her beloved parents and the revelation of her husband Phillip’s affair – with another man – Molly leaves the life of Country Clubs and the luxury of city life in Florida and heads west to Montana, resolved to run the family ranch, and to move on with her life. Her attraction to Clayton Leatherbe, the ranch foreman, is instant, but before a romance can blossom, the ranch falls prey to sabotage by wealthy land developers determined to drive Molly out, and Clayton learns of a family secret and collides with the Sociopath that could put the ranch – and Molly’s life – in jeopardy.
A sharp mystery that swirls with family secrets, betrayal, love and loss, Once Wicked Always Dead is a strong debut from an author with literary blood in her veins.

My Thoughts

I couldn’t put this book down. I received it in the mail on Saturday and finished it late Monday night. It was that good. This was my first time reading an uncorrected proof, and it really was “rough”. Although that threw me off a little, because there was no white space or any indicators when the story line changed, I eventually got used to it. T. Marie Benchley is an author and student in life. With a family heritage of actors/writers including famed author Peter Benchley of “Jaws and the Deep”, she was introduced to classic literature at an early age and remains a passionate reader. Although the only sharks on her pages are attorneys and the monsters in her plots are sociopaths, her primary desire is to entertain her readers. Though formally educated in journalism and marketing, she is also an avid traveler, finding inspiration for her novels by studying people and listening to their stories.

Molly Madison is a reasonably happy married woman whose daughter is now grown and whose husband has become increasingly distant, and she’s not sure why. Molly receives a cryptic phone call from one of her husband’s employees but before she is able to meet with this person to hear what they have to say, her parents are killed in a terrible car accident, while driving from their ranch in Montana to see their only daughter Molly and her family in Florida.

Molly ends up moving to the family ranch in Montana but some of the people there cannot accept this woman as the new head of the ranch, and they try to make her new life unpleasant. To top it off, there is a sociopath on the loose whose secrets can shatter Molly’s life – again.

I really enjoyed Molly’s budding relationship that begins in Montana and the ever-changing dynamics between a family after they’ve been broken apart. I did end up realizing the shattering secret before it was told, and the relationship between all of the parties before it was played out, but I still really had a good time reading the book. The characters were well-developed and the plot was well though out.

About the Author

T. Marie Benchley is an author and student in life. With a family heritage of actors/writers including famed author Peter Benchley of “Jaws and the Deep”, she was introduced to classic literature at an early age and remains a passionate reader. Although the only sharks on her pages are attorneys and the monsters in her plots are sociopaths, her primary desire is to entertain her readers. Though formally educated in journalism and marketing, she is also an avid traveler, finding inspiration for her novels by studying people and listening to their stories.

Disclosure: I received this book in exchange for an honest review. The opinions provided are 100% mine.

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Comments

  1. Sue Brandes says:

    Thanks~I love finding new books to read.