My first cover reveal and review as a Star Selector for the fab team at Choc-lit!
Read in two hooked sittings. It would have been one, but I fell asleep reading having pulled an all-nighter the evening before.
The first scene starts with a hanging woman in Maple Valley woods. A Jane Doe without shoes, it looks like a suicide, but to Officer Dean Matheson, something doesn’t add up.
Soon after, there are two other apparent suicides; a drug addict and an incarcerated criminal, both female. Outwardly there is no one to challenge the circumstances of the deaths but forensics uncover evidence of a possible murder, so Dean Matheson is making it his business to care, even if it means he may become a target.
A pacy read that had me hooked from the start. The main character and dog lover, Dean Matheson, is a flawed human being and therefore easy to empathise with. His marriage is hanging by a thread and his job is hindered by an overbearing and slothful boss. Something many of us can relate to. Ordinary fella he may be, but it turns out that there are secrets that will jeopardise his marriage and ultimately his life.
I really enjoyed reading this book. I like a thriller, and even better one which gives away the ‘baddy’ towards the beginning. By doing so, the author runs the risk of the big reveal not being the pivotal outcome, but here, you are led through the back story of the characters and kept avidly reading to the end and climatic finale. Very well constructed and thoughtfully planned.
There are painful secrets, haunting memories and loves lost. Family relationships are explored, so too is small town mentality. Last but by no means least, there is a Rottweiler called Rocky. Rocky is both lovable and flatulent, the pancake shenanigans are an ingenious addition!
Not wanting to give away any spoilers but, I am not big subscriber for a happy ending, I like more plausible conclusions, and this tale brings that balance into play, beautifully.
At the end of the book, we are told this is the first of a series of stories involving Dean Matheson and asked, by the author, what we may like to see come along in future episodes of his life. Well I for one, would like to see him find a bit of solace, but not too easily and have many adventures with Rocky at his side but maybe, with less pancakes!
A Great Read!
To be published on 25th September 2018 by Ruby Fiction – Book 1 in the Dean Matheson Series