Book Review – Head Shot by Dani Amore | Blushing Geek

Book Review – Head Shot by Dani Amore and Dan Ames

Head Shot by Dani Amore | Blushing Geek

Head Shot by Dani Amore & Dan Ames
Published on September 23, 2014
Genre: Thriller
257 pages
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Mike Sharpe is a struggling actor in Hollywood, hoping for his big break. He thinks he gets it when he lands the part of a serial killer on a true crime show. Unfortunately, it becomes his worst nightmare when a viewer mistakes him for the actual killer, and vows to bring him in dead or alive.


It’s been a while since I read a thriller book that was not written by MHC and seeing that Halloween is coming, I might as well get on with my long list and see what I could read, then I came across this one.

The first few pages were fine, not that impressive but it was fine. The first few chapters introduce new characters with their own POV so it was a bit confusing at first, but it became better as I reached the part where they are finally hunting the killer.

I always like a story with a mystery but this one only has a few of it as the suspect was named early in the book. I would have loved it if I’ve got the chance to be the investigator and name the culprit, but I guess it’s for the best as I’m never good with investigating anyway, haha. The whole story was about chasing the suspect and it wasn’t really that impressively executed. It was fine but not as good as MHC’s earlier books. I know it’s bad to compare but it’s hard not to.

The only thing I noticed that reminded me of MHC’s stories were the overwhelming number of characters. There’s quite a lot but unlike MHC they were either taken from the main lead’s POV or from a third person’s POV, but for this one, it was all taken from each character so it was kind of confusing.

And speaking of characters, the suspect was really convincing. I love the fact that the author made his character so convincing that every time his part comes, I can’t help but cringe. It’s just quite ironic how his life ended lol. It was just…so sudden.

After reading the sypnosis above, I never would have thought that Mike was the main lead, I thought it was the investigator lol. But even if that’s the case, atleast the two of them have their own share of adventures, especially Mike.

I’m not sure if I love the tone of this story but I guess it was good enough since I was able to finish it. The words used were easy to understand too so that’s really a big plus. The plot was good but I think it just lacked something, something that will really boil my blood of excitement.

This is a thriller story but it definitely has an HEA plus I love the part that the “big” guy who screwed everything was able to redeem himself. I really thought it was the end until he came and saved their butts, so you see, I really have to give this one another half stars for the surprising ending.


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  • Alyssa Susanna October 22, 2017 at 11:31 am

    I feel like this book sounds kind of meh, based on your review? I feel like this would be a 2.5-star read for me (again, based on your review). A surprising ending could definitely redeem things though. Hopefully your new read is much better!

    Have a wonderful weekend, Vanessa. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    • Vanessa October 23, 2017 at 10:09 pm

      It was really a fine read Alyssa, it’s just that I’m so picky in this genre and I can’t seem to stop it 🙁 But atleast this one has HEA so I guess that’s the reason why I was so generous and thus giving it a 3.5 stars 😉

  • Melliane October 22, 2017 at 6:35 pm

    you made me curious about the surprising ending

    • Vanessa October 23, 2017 at 10:07 pm

      As someone who loves HEA, this one definitely had them big time. All main characters got their HEA so I guess that’s why I was being so generous and given this one a 3.5 stars 🙂

  • Diva Booknerd October 22, 2017 at 10:05 pm

    Sounds like it was missing that much needed suspense Vanessa, I love murder mysteries that keep you guessing and playing detective so perhaps that was the missing element. Glad you still enjoyed it for the most part Vanessa, sounds wonderfully intriguing. Fabulous review!

    • Vanessa October 23, 2017 at 10:06 pm

      Unfortunately. But atleast it was better than most thriller books that I’ve read before 🙂

  • Angie Elle October 23, 2017 at 4:01 am

    I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy this one as much as you’d hoped. It does sound like a unique premise, though.

    Great review!

    • Vanessa October 23, 2017 at 10:05 pm

      It was actually a decent read, it just so happens that I have high standards in this genre since it’s my first ever favorite genre 😉

  • Kristin October 23, 2017 at 11:13 pm

    : This sounds like such a mixed feeling book. I like that the author gave it a different type of ending, but it doesn’t sound like it had the suspense to it that you except from this type of story.

    • Vanessa October 25, 2017 at 6:47 pm

      True. I guess it’s more on a cozy suspense genre

  • Karen October 24, 2017 at 12:36 am

    Pretty cool premise. Thrillers are tricky for me so I’m not sure I would give this one a go or not.

    For What It’s Worth

    • Vanessa October 25, 2017 at 6:48 pm

      Yeah, I guess it was the reason why it’s added in my TBR in the first place 😉

  • Lily B October 24, 2017 at 2:04 am

    Interesting concept. Glad you enjoyed most of it, despite a few cringe worthy issues

    • Vanessa October 25, 2017 at 6:51 pm

      Hehe, yeah. Plus, I really love the ending 🙂

  • Sophia Rose October 24, 2017 at 5:40 am

    Now I’m curious about the end. Sounds like the story was something of a mixed bag of good and bad.

    • Vanessa October 25, 2017 at 6:53 pm

      Yes, that’s exactly how I would describe this book Sophia Rose. I’m not used with a grand HEA in this genre so I was quite surprised when I reached the ending. It’s my favorite part in this book 🙂

  • LilyElement October 24, 2017 at 5:55 am

    You’re inspiring me to try a thriller for Halloween 😀

    • Vanessa October 25, 2017 at 6:54 pm

      Yay. I hope you could get at least 1 thriller book this Halloween season 🙂

  • Christy LoveOfBooks October 24, 2017 at 2:55 pm

    This premise actually sounds funny, even though it isn’t meant to be. I remember something like this happening in real life.

    • Vanessa October 25, 2017 at 6:56 pm

      Hehe, there’s actually a part where he was chased to death but I can’t helped but laugh a bit. And happening this in real life is going to be a chaos I’m sure

  • Kimberly Caffeinated Reviewer October 25, 2017 at 12:22 pm

    What a unique premise. Perfect for fall.

    • Vanessa October 25, 2017 at 6:56 pm

      Yes, it could be Kim 🙂

  • kindlemom1 October 25, 2017 at 9:57 pm

    I love the premises for this! It sounds so intriguing, definitely would make me want to pick it up as well.

    • Vanessa October 26, 2017 at 6:35 pm

      If you get the chance, I hope you get to enjoy it as much as I did 😉

  • Melissa (Books and Things) October 26, 2017 at 3:36 am

    I love thrillers and because you loved that ending so much, I think I’d enjoy this one too. I’m an ending gal! 😀

    • Vanessa October 26, 2017 at 6:35 pm

      Yay, apir! Hehe. I hope you enjoy this story Melissa 🙂


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