Oh, how badly I wanted Swipe Right for Murder by Derek Milman to be better than it was. I love my mystery thrillers, but I although I love young adult literature, I generally stick to adult thrillers. I also usually go into these books not knowing much about them, which I think did me a disservice in this case because the blurb gives a pretty good idea of how outlandish the book is. I mean, it actually says that book features the main character, Aidan, on the run from the FBI, targeted by a murderous cult, and labelled as a cyber-terrorist. So…yeah.
Swipe Right for Murder is incredibly action-packed but I had little to no investment in the characters or the outcome. Nobody besides Aidan has any depth at all, and even he feels pretty paper-thin. The author does manage to explain away most of the ridiculousness in the plot, but it doesn’t make it feel any more believable or authentic.The entire thing is just so outlandish and it felt a little like reading a movie but I’m not sure it’s one I would have watched. Swipe Right For Murder is definitely what I would label a fun read–engaging, but without much substance, and even though it had potential and the audiobook was well-done, it was ultimately a miss for me.