Over the years, terrible things keep happening to Anna Ray on February 17. First, there was the childhood trauma she’s never been able to speak about. Then, to her horror, her husband killed himself on that date.
A year later and a thousand miles away, Anna tries to find solace in the fresh start of a new job in a new place. She takes comfort in her outspoken cousin Jeannie, the confidant and best friend who’s there whenever she needs help. On the day of the dreaded anniversary, Anna and Jeannie hit the town, planning to ease the pain with an alcohol-induced stupor and then sleep…
When Anna awakes the next morning, she thinks she can put one more February 17 behind her, but fate is about to intervene in the form of two gruesome murders with eerie similarities to her violent past. This time, however, she won’t be an abandoned daughter or a grieving widow. This time, she’ll be a suspect.
Baggage by S.G. Redling is better than what I expected. The story flashes back every now and then to different periods of Anna's life, revealing the memories that haunt her, one piece at a time. The pace is a bit frustrating. The POV switches between Anna and her cousin Jeannie, which keeps it interesting, but I think a third POV would have fleshed out he story more. While I loved the mystery and suspense throughout the novel, the ending seemed weak compared to the rest of the writing.
I did enjoy reading this book, but Redling needs to step up her game if she wants to stand out in this genre.