Book Review

Sunny Shelly’s Review: They Call Her Dirty Sally by Amy Matayo

Release Date: August 2

“For years, the town of Silver Bell, Arkansas has quietly mourned the hospital fire that claimed the lives of nine of its residents—the town doctor, a young expectant mother, and seven infants. So, when journalist Finn Hardwick is assigned the story as part of a national thirtieth anniversary

memorial service, he arrives at the town ready to interview its residents, thinking they’ll be willing and eager to make headlines.

 He isn’t prepared for the resistance. Or for what appears to be a collective unwillingness to answer questions. 

 Faced with one roadblock after another, Finn enlists the help of Billi Ellis, the young motel receptionist that everyone in the town seems to like. Maybe she can get them to open up to him. Maybe she can help him make sense of everything he keeps uncovering. Especially the unexpected tie this tragedy appears to have to his own life.

 A tie that leads him directly to the old woman who seems to hold the key to everything. The woman everyone avoids…the woman they call “dirty”…the woman who hasn’t spoken a word to anyone since the day the hospital burned.”


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Sunny Shelly’s Review: 5 Stars

They Call Her Dirty Sally blew me away! I usually stick to contemporary romance, but I took a chance on this book and I am so glad I did because it was phenomenal! Amy Matayo is a new-to-me author, and she had such a magical way with her words as she wove together this small-town mystery.

This book is chock-full of secrets, lies, and years of betrayal. As it all unravels, the lives of Sally — who was at the heart of the accident decades ago — Billi, and town outsider Finn will forever be changed. This book will really make you think about your actions and how the way you treat people can have long-lasting consequences.

Get ready to experience a rollercoaster of emotions with this gut-wrenching, inspirational, phenomenal story.

I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.

Meet Amy Matayo

Amy Matayo is an award winning author of  The Wedding GameLove Gone WildSwayIn Tune with LoveA Painted SummerThe End of the WorldThe Thirteenth ChanceThe Whys Have ItChristmas at Gate 18, and the upcoming Lies We Tell Ourselves.

She graduated with barely passing grades from John Brown University with a degree in Journalism. But don’t feel sorry for her–she’s super proud of that degree and all the ways she hasn’t put it to good use.

She laughs often, cries easily, feels deeply, and loves hard. She lives in Arkansas with her husband and four kids and is always working on her next novel, whichever one that may be.

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