by, David Bell
received by publisher in exchange for review
This was a decent thriller for me. Right out of the gate it grabs you, which is a major plus. I love when the game is on right from the get go!
Nick Hansen lives a quiet life. He's a social worker, a rescuer of an aged dog, divorced, and trying to be a good step-dad to his ex's son Andrew. While at the grocery store, he's knocked for a major loop when he sees a young girl who is the spitting image of his college girlfriend who died in a campus fire that claimed her and three other young lives.
When he attempts to speak to her and ask if she is related to the family in any way, she bolts like he's some crazed killer. Well, the next morning the police show up at his door thinking he may just be that! It seems this young girl was murdered in her motel room and of all the wacky coincidences, his name and number was in her possession.
What ensues is a major hunt by Nick with the help of his friend Laurel. He starts digging into the past, what took place the night of that horrid fire and the days before it. Sometimes the truth is more bizarre then lies and for Nick, it might have been better to just leave well enough alone.
I enjoyed reading this book. It got a little slow at times, but not enough for me to give up on it. The ties throughout and the mystery right through to the end make for great thriller ingredients. Easy reading thanks to smooth writing, great character description, always a plus for me.
3 1/2 cannolis