Divorce is Murder: A Toby Wong Novel by Elka Ray: Book Review


Toby Wong visits her quiet hometown in British Columbia, where nothing ever happens–until her old high school rival is found murdered. Shortly after returning to her sleepy hometown on Vancouver Island, Chinese-Canadian divorce lawyer Toby Wong runs into Josh Barton, who broke her heart as a teen at summer camp. Now a wealthy entrepreneur, Josh wants to divorce Tonya, the mean girl who made Toby’s life hell all those years ago. Not long after Toby takes Josh’s case, Tonya is found murdered. Josh is the prime suspect. Together with her fortune-teller mom and her pregnant best friend, Toby sets out to clear Josh, whom she still has a guilty crush on. While he seems equally smitten, can Toby trust him? The handsome cop charged with finding Tonya’s killer doesn’t think so. Since Tonya stayed in touch with everyone from that lousy summer camp, Toby keeps running into ex-campers she’d rather forget. Could one of Tonya’s catty friends be her killer? Are Toby’s old insecurities making her paranoid? Only too late does she realize that she really is in danger.


Elka Ray

Elka Ray

Elka Ray is the Canadian author of Divorce is Murder.

Born in the UK and raised in Canada, Elka has two previous novels, Saigon Dark and Hanoi Jane; a short-story collection, What You Don’t Know; and a series of children’s picture books about Vietnam, where she currently lives with her family.

Elka grew up in Victoria, B.C. Canada, the setting for her latest mystery. When she’s not writing, drawing, or reading, Elka is in the ocean.

My Thoughts:

Toby moves back to her hometown to care for her mother. As a lawyer, a blast from the past (former teen crush) hires her to be his divorce lawyer. The problem? His wife is missing and later found murdered. Clearing Josh’s name seems to be her focus while she runs into old camp members who once made her life hell. Could they be involved somehow?

After the third chapter, I was invested in the story. It seemed to gain momentum the more the story propelled forward. The author did an amazing job of establishing the motivation of her characters, scenery, character development, and plot movement. Toby was a good character to tell the story through. Her involvement from start to finish reeled me in as a reader. I felt she was the perfect focus of the book and fit into the meat of the story.

The author did a great job of keeping the reader invested because I didn’t want to put it down. I was on the edge of my seat the entire time I was reading. Event after event, character after character, and surprise after surprise propelled this amazing story forward.

I personally loved the ending of this book is ambiguous. There were several ways the author could have ended Toby’s life. I loved the ending. I loved this entire book.

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