Book Review: You Can Go Home Now by, Michael Elias

If you are in search of a great vacation read, look no further than You Can Go Home Now by, Michael Elias. This is the perfect book for a long afternoon on the beach or a late night in front of a fire.

In this smart, relevant, unputdownable psychological thriller, a woman cop is on the hunt for a killer while battling violent secrets of her own.

“My name is Nina Karim. I am a single thirty-one-year-old woman who likes cats, Ryan Reynolds movies, beautiful sunsets, walking on a wintry beach holding hands with a tall, caring, lightly bearded third-wave feminist. Yeah, right.”

Nina is a tough Queens detective with a series of cold case homicides on her desk – men whose widows had the same alibi: they were living in Artemis, a battered women’s shelter, when their husbands were killed.

Nina goes undercover into Artemis. Though she is playing the victim, she’s anything but. Nina knows about violence and the bullies who rely on it because she’s experienced it in her own life.

In this heart-pounding thriller Nina confronts the violence of her own past in Artemis where she finds solidarity with a community of women who deal with abusive and lethal men in their own way.

For the women living in Artemis there is no absolute moral compass, there is the law and there is survival.  And, for Nina, who became a cop so she could find the man who murdered her father, there is only revenge. 

Thank you to MB Communications for my advanced copy of this book. As you will see from my review, I loved it – but getting a free copy of the book did not factor into my opinion. It’s great all on its own!

Before I started reading You Can Go Home Now, I wasn’t sure that I was in the mood for a police-based thriller. Then I started reading and I could not put the book down! Seriously. There are a lot of books that say they are hard to put down, but for me, this one really was! And for the last half-an-hour or so, not only could I not put the book down, but I made sure my family knew I could not be disturbed until I was finished with the last page.

Why did I enjoy this book some much?? Here are three reasons:

  1. The main character, Nina, is just all kinds of messed up. She witnessed her father being killed and has been dealing with the repercussions of that for her entire life. She’s got a lot going on but that’s what makes her so interesting.
  2. There’s just a little bit of romance (and sex), giving the book another fun layer. Plus Bobby, Nina’s loan shark boyfriend may not live on the right side of the law, but he and Nina are adorable together.
  3. I did not know what was going to happen in this book. The twisty end was a surprise that I did not see coming but thoroughly enjoyed. When a book ends on such a strong note, I can’t help but love it.
I give this book 5 Sips and will be recommending it to anyone looking for a new thriller to read!

I’m not the only one who thinks this book is great!
Check out these reviews:

 “In a rousing climax, Elias (The Last Conquistador, 2013) deftly ties together the plot threads of Nina’s personal quest and her current assignment. A compulsively readable thriller that could take Elias to another level of acclaim.” Booklist, starred review

“Elias is so conversant with the mindset of criminals, cops, and trigger-pullers, it makes me wonder about his personal life. This is a compelling thriller that has the rarest of qualities: ‘What’s going to happen next?’” —Steve Martin, New York Times bestselling author of Born Standing Up: A Comic’s Life and An Object of Beauty

“This is for anyone who doesn’t mind their heroes acting in the gray areas to see justice done.” Publishers Weekly

“Michael Elias writes women like a woman; and he writes a police thriller like a former cop. YOU CAN GO HOME NOW will keep you up at night, breathlessly turning the pages until the riveting end. I couldn’t put this book down! Elias has masterfully written a moving and terrifying story that feels so potent and current, I can’t believe something like this hasn’t shown up in the news yet.”—Jessica Anya Blau, author of The Trouble with Lexie

YOU CAN GO HOME NOW by Michael Elias is a thrilling examination into the power of revenge. I had several gasp-out-loud moments while reading.  Fascinating characters and a deep dive into the gruesomeness of domestic violence infuse this page-turner throughout and there’s a twist at the end you’ll never see coming!” —Ellen LaCorte, author of The Perfect Fraud

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