ARC Review: Upheaval by Rita Potter

It is time for Dillon Mitchell to start living again.

Fineline Cover Design

Since the death of her wife three years ago, Dillon had buried herself in her work. When an invitation arrives for Tiffany Daniels’ exclusive birthday party, her best friend persuades her to join them for the weekend.

It’s not the celebration that draws her but the location. The party is being held at the Whitaker Estate, one of the hottest tickets on the West Coast. The Estate once belonged to an eccentric survivalist, whose family converted it into a trendy destination while preserving some of its original history.

Surrounded by a roomful of successful lesbians, Dillon finds herself drawn to Skylar Lange, the mysterious and elusive bartender. Before the two can finish their first dance, a scream shatters the evening. When the party goers emerge from the underground bunker, they discover something terrible has happened at the Estate.

The group races to try to discover the cause of this upheaval, and whether it’s isolated to the Estate. Has the world, as we know it, changed forever?13

My thoughts

I am not a fan of this cover as it gives a different impression of what the story is about or is about to happen. The events on the cover do not happen in this story. Plus, Dillon doesn’t wear a hat. The cover is an eye-catching one to get readers who like this trope, such as me, but it is misleading for this story.

Let me give you a heads up: Upheaval is book one in a new series and you will want book two immediately afterwards. Waiting sucks. (laugh)

Rita Potter creates a mystery of catastrophic proportions. I spent most of the story trying to figure out who was going to die next, but it never quite happens that way. Potter gives us a diverse cast of characters to like and dislike in a world even we don’t understand.

Potter keeps the mystery strong even with the answers hidden from readers. We are as much in the dark as those who were underground.

Now don’t get me wrong, there is death – plenty of it. There are tears, fear, in-fighting, and romance. Yup, there is a romance thrown in too. Plus friendships, frenemies, and unknowns.

I have more characters that I dislike than like. (laugh) There are also people that make you go “hmmm” as the cast expands. Overall Potter has done enough to make people distinctive and to provide the questions, do they die next? Or maybe I’m just morbidly fixated on the wiping out of the population.

Potter has created a new world. One I am sucked into and will keep following as long as Dillon and Skylar are in it.

I received an ARC of this book and I am writing a review without prejudice and voluntarily.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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Further Details:

Publisher: Sapphire Books Publishing, 9781952270390, 2021

Editor: Kaycee Hawn Book Design

Series: As We Know It #1′ Settings: Los Angeles, Piru, CA, U.S.

Pages: 223

SC: Lesbian, full diversity of characters


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