True Death by Dale E Lehman is a marvellous contemporary murder thriller. It is the second book in the Howard County Mystery series but could be read as a stand-alone. I would, however, recommend reading book one, The Fibonacci Murders, first as this story follows straight on from that, being set just a few weeks later.
The plotline was intricately constructed and grabbed my attention from the start. I immediately became engrossed in the action and remained glued to the end. The story alternated between present day and the past, which set the scene for the action to come.
In True Death the reader hears the back story of the main characters. They are more than just detectives, they are ‘real’ people who have loved and lost. The three detectives reminded me of the three musketeers, with the police chief as D’Artagnan. Their loyalty to each other and their fight for justice was admirable.
The Thinking Man’s Murder Mystery
The Fibonacci Murders by Dale E Lehman is a mind blowing contemporary murder mystery. Murders connected to the Fibonacci sequence really test the reader’s power to figure out what is going on and who will be next?
Not a mathematician but I found the whole book fascinating in its complexity. It drew me in from the start and had me questioning – whose was the mathematician’s voice?
The whole book hung together marvellously with a fabulous plotline and realistic characters. In my head I ‘watched’ the police drama unfold. I could easily imagine a bustling police department, the press conferences and the general panic amongst the public. The novel would make a great film.
Real Life Is Messy
The Break by Marian Keyes is a contemporary story about love, life and families. Marian Keyes shows that life is not easy. At times it is complicated and messy, and not always black and white.
The novel is written in the first person from the point of view of forty something Amy. The reader ‘experiences’ life through her eyes. We ‘feel’ life crushing her down – the weight of children, parents, work and life in general.
The love of a mother radiates throughout the novel. We become acquainted with Amy’s heart and recognise the great love and fierce protection she has for her children.
Grief can have far reaching effects. The reader views this from afar, and although detached ourselves, we ‘feel’ saddened at how life is progressing for some of the characters.
Disturbing And Unnerving
I Know Where She Is by S.B. Caves is a riveting psychological thriller that will mess with your mind and your emotions.
The novel is menacing – bad guys have families and faces just like good guys. How do you tell them apart?
The question of trust arises. The very people who should be keeping girls safe, fail them and let them down. There is misguided trust. People are loyal to what they know, fearing the unknown.
What is truth? What is imagined? Who can be trusted? Characters and readers wrestle with these questions.
Corruption is rife. Just who are the good guys?