★★★★ 4.5 Interesting Stars ★★★★
I received an ARC copy of this book via netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!
On his own
Thomas Bellweather hasn’t been in town long. Just long enough for his newlywed mother to be murdered, and for his new stepdad’s cop colleagues to decide Thomas is the primary suspect.
Not that there’s any evidence. But before Thomas got to Garretts Mill there had just been one other murder in twenty years.
The only person who believes him is Charlotte Rooker, little sister to three cops and, with her soft hands and sweet curves, straight-up dangerous to Thomas. Her friend was the other murder vic. And she’d like a couple answers….Answers that could get them both killed, and reveal a truth Thomas would die to keep hidden.
Answers that could get them both killed, and reveal a truth Thomas would die to keep hidden…
This is a very well written and suspenseful read. Although readers should be warned that the plot takes a drastic change in the last 40% of the book. What readers are lead to believe in the first sixty percent will suddenly and dramatically be different than what is really going on in the story. Yikes… I just didn’t see that coming! This is a very unique read and I am happy to have been approved to read an arc of it. If you enjoy thrills, chills, mystery, suspense, and a little romance thrown in than this is your book. But be warned, most of what happens is very unexpected! But this is what makes the book so good.
Plot: The plot of this book is sort of like many books out there—boy’s mother is found dead, he is the prime suspect, the town has judged him as guilty even though in America people are innocent until proven so, girl doesn’t mind he is a suspected murderer and goes along with him anyway, etc. etc. However, once you get towards the end- at about 60%, everything changes. Now we have a bit of fantasy/paranormal stuff going on. I found myself shaking my head at this at first, but then it all became so real and unusual that I loved it. I refuse to spoil the book so that’s all I will say about that. Overall, the plot is definitely unique and thrilling. I had a hard time figuring out what really happened to Tom’s mom and never would have guessed the truth.
Characters: I enjoyed Tom’s character and felt very bad for him. The entire town had pre judged him based on their own views and he never got a “fair trial”. Everyone in his town just seemed really evil and I couldn’t stand it. I mean, do people really treat others like that? I suppose they do but WOW. It’s crazy. Charlotte’s character was also well written although I found her to be quite naïve. I suppose that goes with her age though so it really does make sense. She was the only one in her town who had an ounce of sympathy for Tom and wasn’t afraid to show it in the beginning. Until small clues and big, bad cop brothers made her see him in a different light….
All in all, I found this book to be quite enjoyable—something that is naturally right up my alley as it is suspenseful and unique. The only thing I didn’t care for about this book though was the ending. It seemed way to rushed and I couldn’t understand how it all transpired the way it did. Perhaps there will be a second book to answer some leftover questions readers may have? Like how did he get out? How long into the future etc. etc. Anyhow, if you haven’t read a novel by the author than this may be a good place to start. While I haven’t read her other books as of yet, I do plan to do so in the near future. Well done!
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