Who is up for a murder mystery? Get ready to take a look into this great thrilling book.
John Riley Hubbard is a young farmer and part-time reporter in a small southern town. After the body of an Arab college student is found near his home, Hubbard reluctantly agrees to cover the grisly story for the local paper. When he discovers there is a surprising link from this crime to his father’s unsolved murder, he becomes obsessed with uncovering the killer’s identity. Since he was a child, Hubbard has been haunted by nightmares and suspicions that his father’s killer may be the man closest to him – his wealthy uncle.
As his investigation progresses, he must face mounting threats from an unseen adversary and managed his growing attraction to Maria, a young Latino woman who might be part of the conspiracy.
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All right, here is where I crack my knuckles and get to writing, because this is a very jam-packed book.
I think the best part of this story is that it makes you ask questions. Every good book makes you ask questions. What's going on? Who is who? How do they relate to the story? What's going to happen next? Stephen M Wilson is a master at making the reader ask questions.
John Riley, the main character, is a very well developed character, with fears, flaws, and desires. He also has a past that keeps haunting him, especially when it comes to the death of his father. But when he's asked to cover the story of a grisly murder, all those ghosts he's tried to bury come back to haunt him. Honestly, I wouldn't be in his shoes for the world, but he does make a very compelling main character.
Mr. Wilson paints a vivid landscape for his murder mystery thriller. There is just enough detail so that you know exactly what to envision, but not too much that you can't insert your own ideas of what things look like. And he does an excellent job of creating the mood, especially tension. I was on the edge of my seat almost the entire time.
Like any good book, I think the touch of romance was nice. I would, personally, love to see how that romance develops, and think that there might be further adventures for this young man, maybe as an investigative reporter? I wouldn't mind ready any sequels Mr. Wilson chooses to write.
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