Release date: May 4th
This book was provided for review by armchairinterviews.com
Battling his own personal demons, Police Chief Jonah Westfall has experienced the dark side of life and is committed to eradicating it. When a pair of raccoons are found mutilated in Redford, Colorado, Jonah investigates the gruesome act, seeking to unmask the perpetrator before the crime escalates and destroys the tranquility of his small mountain town. Jonah fights for answers-and his fragile sobriety-amid a rising drug threat and never-ending conflict with Tia Manning, a formidable childhood friend with whom he has more than a passing history.
But he can't penetrate every wound or secret -especially one fueled by a love and guilt teetering on madness. (Taken from the back of the book)
In the small town of Redford, Colorado, mutilated raccoons are drawing the attention of Police Chief Jonah Westfall. While attempting to unravel his own personal demons and fight a rising drug problem, he must find the perpetrator before it escalates into a threat to the safety of his town’s inhabitants.
The biggest reason I was intrigued to read this book is that I couldn’t figure out why mutilated raccoons deserved so much attention. Once I started reading, I immediately understood. I’ve read a lot of books and this is the first time I’ve ever come across this idea. The plot of the mystery in this book is pure genius. It makes sense but at the same time it’s not something you would normally think of.
I only had two slight problems with this book. At first I wasn’t sure I’d be able to read the entire thing. The first few chapters are worded as if the author spent hours and hours coming up with the most descriptive words she could. This is normally a good thing, except that the reading doesn’t flow. I found myself having to reread sentences several times because instead of having an instant image in my head, I found myself getting caught up in the wording. After the first few chapters, however, the book really begins to flow and has a more natural appeal.
The second issue I had with the book is that the culprit of the raccoon mutilations was entirely too obvious. I found myself yelling at the other characters in the book because they didn’t figure it out immediately. Normally, this would kill a story for me, but I found the ride along to be so enjoyable that it’s easily forgivable.
Overall, I found this book to be a great read. It’s not a quick, summer read, but definitely worth the invested time. Most of the story is well-developed and rounded with most readers in mind. Though it’s Christian fiction, there is no overpowering preachiness that will lead readers to put the book down. There is a lot of insight to be found for those who look.
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