Kill the Competition
Stephanie Bond
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Kill the Competition

Stephanie Bond
352 pages384> October 2003
rated 4 of 5 possible stars

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Kill the Competition is a prequel to Stephanie Bond's I Think I Love You. Here, the characters you meet carpool together to and from work along the congested freeways of Atlanta. Between the four they have nine marriages, and they decide to write a book of relationship do's and don'ts. They submit that manuscript to an editor for publication consideration, and that is where I Think I Love You begins. But there is much, much more to Kill the Competition than meeting the ladies behind that manuscript. In this laugh-out-loud humor-filled mystery, we get to take an adventure as they try to sleuth a series of murders taking place in their office building.

Belinda Hennessey is trying to bounce back after an ill-advised marriage ends after less than a day. She decides to move to Atlanta to start anew. Traffic in Atlanta is a nightmare, so she joins a carpool and teams up with three other quirky and eccentric kind-hearted women. The book sets a tone of panic and disorder as Belinda rushes to get to work on time in order to participate in a huge meeting. She's so late she misses the meeting. However, during the rides to and from work, the women decide they should write a manual on do's and don'ts for relationships.

Just when things start look as if her life is about to change for the good, complete with romance and a chance at a promotion, things turn ugly. A co-worker is knocked off, and it seems the guilty party may be one of the four carpool women. Belinda struggles to balance new love interests and keep from going to jail, all while hanging onto her job and maintaining friendships, but none of it is easy.

Kill the Competition is a very funny book with a very smart plot, great characters and some memorable scenes. Bond writes like writing is as natural to her as breathing. She sets a pace full of tension and anxiety and does not let up, forcing readers to swallow up the pages without chewing or digesting — there's no time. Got to keep turning pages. Got to find out what happens next…

© 2004 by Phillip Tomasso III for Curled Up With a Good Book.

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