Book Review: Like a Fly on the Wall by Simone Kelly 6

Like a Fly on the Wall

by Simone Kelly




 Barnes & Noble


Paperback: 448 pages
 Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (July 11, 2017)

From talented debut author Simone Kelly comes this suspenseful novel that crackles with intrigue, sex, and plenty of surprises—perfect for fans of Eric Jerome Dickey and Carl Weber.

Meet Jacques Berradi. Moroccan-born and Manhattan-raised, his genuine, sexy-smooth allure goes hand in hand with a unique gift. Since Jacques was young, he has had the ability to read peoples’ energies, communicate with spirit guides, and even catch glimpses of people’s futures. Now a professional “intuitive counselor,” Jacques’s clients pay him handsomely for his insight. Unfortunately, Jacques’s psychic abilities don’t come with an off switch to tune out the world’s noise, nor do they always provide him with easy answers; recently Jacques has begun having dark, alarming dreams about his beloved father, a Moroccan immigrant who died when he was a boy.

Meet Kylie Collins, an adventurous, Miami twentysomething who is trying to find her footing after being laid off from a cushy music industry job. When a mishap brings them together, Kylie is instantly mesmerized by Jacques’s cool demeanor and intuitive abilities, and he’s captivated by her outgoing charm and breezy good looks. Seeking to learn more about her family history—including the identity of the father she’s never known—Kylie visits Jacques’s office to gain some insight about her future, and about her free-spirited and headstrong Jamaican mother, True.

But on the night that they meet, a rolling blackout cuts off power throughout Miami. Kylie and Jacques, and a few of his clients,  head to the only place in the neighborhood with enough light to see: Like a Fly on the Wall Detective Agency. There, Kylie serendipitously lands herself the perfect new job as an apprentice private eye.

As partners, Jacques and Kylie are an unstoppable duo. Can Jacques’s intuition reveal the scandalous history of Kylie’s mother and father? Will Kylie’s newfound detective skills uncover evidence about the death of Jacques’s father? And will the chemistry that charges their friendship bubble over into something much, much hotter…?


My Rating:



Favorite Quotes:


You are a precious jewel. You don’t need to be treated like a cubic zirconia.


I can only take Vince in small doses… He’s like an Italian Shrek. He bites his nails down to the nub. He’ll burp, fart, talk loud on the phone like ain’t nobody in there with him.


He knew how to do so much by saying so little.


I’m getting paid to nosy. It’s a girls dream come true!



My Review:


Like a Fly On the Wall proved to be a unique read. An interesting hybrid of women’s fiction, adult contemporary romance, suspense, urban, paranormal, and family drama. Lots and lots of family drama with unraveling devastating secrets, shocking revelations, and murky family histories. I found the storyline to be highly creative, intriguing, and salaciously sensual – fans were required on the highest setting. Ms. Kelly has conjured a unique collection of colorful, quirky, vivid, and vibrant characters who were not all likable or admirable, yet always enthralling. Some were cringe-worthy and some were a total train wreck. I was fascinated by the many thoughtful details that went into the “Intuitive Counselor” role of Jacques; he was extremely compelling. Despite its exceptional length, I had a hard time putting this book down.  I was provided with a review copy of this entertaining book by Harper Collins and  TLC Book Tours.


Purchase Links

HarperCollins | Amazon | Barnes & Noble


About Simone Kelly

Simone Kelly, CEO of Own Your Power® Communications, Inc., is an author, internet radio host & producer, holistic business, and intuitive life coach. Her previous books include a self-help book on marketing called, Jack of All Trades, Master of None?  Her second book is a novel entitled At Second Glance that has set the stage for the smart and sexy Like A Fly on the Wall. It is now part of a two-book deal with William Marrow/Harper Collins and will be released Spring 2017. She currently resides in Hollywood, Florida.

To find out more about Simone, visit her website.




6 thoughts on “Book Review: Like a Fly on the Wall by Simone Kelly

  1. Reply Simone Kelly Jul 17,2017 5:01 am

    Thank you for the lovely review!!!

  2. Reply Cassie's Library Jul 18,2017 3:49 pm

    Sounds intriguing! It sounds like it would be an interesting read. Love the quote about being a precious jewel! We all need to remember that quote, regardless of its context in the book.

  3. Reply trish Jul 19,2017 4:40 pm

    The characters sound interesting! I’m curious as to what an Intuitive Counselor is.

    Thank you for being on this tour!

  4. Reply ownyourpower Aug 19,2017 11:50 am

    Thanks for having me. Sorry I’m just seeing your comments!!

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