Book Review: Aggravated Momentum by Didi Oviatt

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It’s been a while since I read a gory thriller, but when I picked up Aggravated Momentum by Didi Oviatt, I knew I would be thrust in the middle of something deliciously vicious. Did you see that cover? Blood, death and pain. And does this book deliver! Earlier this year I read another one of her thrillers, and while it was definitely an intense ride, this one was even more of a suspenseful punch… probably because we actually hear thoughts occurring in the serial killer’s head a few times. But perhaps my favorite part of this book was sharing it as a buddy read with my friend, Dani, an amazing book reviewer and blogger I love chatting with!

The book starts out a little scary… Markie, a young woman, is hurting over the vicious murder of her best friend from ~18 months earlier, trying to bond with her sister and find her new place in the world. She even goes on a blind date with a setup assembled by her late best friend’s parents who’ve come to think of her as their own daughter now. And it helps, given Markie’s own mother is a bit eccentric. Markie and her sister, Kam, setup a signal code so if the date is going poorly, Markie has an easy out. During the date, the signal goes off and Markie is disappointed, as she liked the guy. But when her sister calls with a fake emergency, it’s not actually fake. Thus, the chase kicks off in the books and we’re treated to a rotation of narrators from the killer, Markie, her family and a few other critical players.


Oviatt is fantastic at delivering the creepy, page-turning horror that pulls you in and kicks you out (from fear!) many times over. Whether it’s a description of the violence, the freakishly lucid yet nonsensical mind of a serial killer, or the palpitating fear readers witness when the main character is being stalked, it’s an intense journey. Casually dropping in the fear factor is a specialty of Oviatt, i.e. her reveal about how the killer is picking off his or her victims somewhere around 20% into the book. And you’re left thinking… yikes, how will anyone survive! But it’s when we learn the final twist that my eyes popped out of their sockets. Are you serious, Oviatt? I will NEVER be alone with you at this point… and I mean that in a you’re awesome, but you’ve got such bubbling creativity in that masterful mind of yours kinda way.

Characters are well drawn. I loved seeing the relationships between all the key players, but that ending! You’ve closed the loops on all the big things, but you’ve left quite a few open in the mid to small range that have us still wondering and thinking about this book. There’s gotta be a sequel in the works… it could still go so many ways. I hope you’ve got some sort of trickery up your sleeve as I want more on this wild adventure. One thing I’ve come to count on with Oviatt’s books is a strong story, crazy and deceitful characters, a massive twisty-turny road, and a realistic setting. It’s a methodical build where she ramps up at just the right pace, then the shock hits when you don’t expect it. But it makes you all the more focused and alert as you can’t help but squint and mistrust everyone at that point. So… how long do we have to wait for the next one?

About Me
For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My novels, Watching Glass Shatter and Father Figure, can be purchased on Amazon as electronic copies or physical copies. I write A LOT. I read A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at, where you’ll find the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge – words and humor. You can also find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators. Follow my blog with Bloglovin.


29 thoughts on “Book Review: Aggravated Momentum by Didi Oviatt

    shalini said:
    July 2, 2018 at 7:34 AM

    Great review. Quite scary. Will read this book when I get a chance

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    angiedokos said:
    July 2, 2018 at 8:54 AM

    Reblogged this on Angie Dokos.

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    watchingthedaisies said:
    July 2, 2018 at 9:52 AM

    A great review Jay. I loved Search for Maylee. 🌼

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    Didi Oviatt - Author said:
    July 2, 2018 at 10:26 AM

    Jay, I’m speechless! You’ve described this book exactly the way it was meant to be read. It’s my favorite of my books so I’m thrilled that you liked it! -reblogging now 🙂

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    Didi Oviatt - Author said:
    July 2, 2018 at 10:28 AM

    Reblogged this on Didi Oviatt and commented:
    Check out James J. Cudney’s review of my twisted thriller, Aggravated Momentum! I’m walking on a cloud right now after having read it! What an excellent review! Thanks, James!

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    foodinbooks said:
    July 2, 2018 at 11:29 AM

    Sounds great and scary! Right up my alley. Thanks for reviewing!

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    Jacquie Biggar said:
    July 2, 2018 at 12:41 PM

    Wonderful review! I love a good thriller, will add this to my watch list 🙂

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    misifusa said:
    July 2, 2018 at 6:22 PM

    Looks interesting Jay, but I don’t like gory thriller books. But i was happy to read your great review! 🙂

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      July 2, 2018 at 6:50 PM

      Totally understandable!

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        misifusa said:
        July 2, 2018 at 6:59 PM

        And I still have to review your latest book on my blog as well! 🙂

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        July 2, 2018 at 7:20 PM

        No worries. When you have time!! I have an email to respond to for you, too!


        misifusa said:
        July 2, 2018 at 7:22 PM

        Great thank you! I’ll let you know when I post it!

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    carhicks said:
    July 3, 2018 at 8:25 AM

    Great review Jay, but definitely not my cup of tea.

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    Dani☆Touch My Spine Book Reviews☆ said:
    July 4, 2018 at 9:54 AM

    Fantastic review, Jay!🤩 I had such a great time chatting with you while reading this incredible book!😍 I hope you have a wonderful day! Xoxoxo!

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    Fantastic review Jay! I loved this and can’t wait for Didi’s new book!

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    thebookwormdrinketh said:
    July 16, 2018 at 7:48 AM

    Oh man!! I’ve got this in my list, and now I kind of want to hold off on it if it seems like there might be a sequel!! I hate being left hanging or having things unfinished. Ha ha! I may go mental!! Well, at least I have a couple other of Didi’s books on my crazy huge “list of things Nicole REALLY needs to get to”!!

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