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Author: Tawny O’Dell
Publisher: Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books
Date of Publication: January 5th, 2016
The discovery of the body of murdered local teen school girl, Camio Truly, is the trigger for an investigation that will reveal family secrets, lies, schemes and so much more. It isn’t anything like the usual murder mystery. This is the revelation of two dysfunctional families with so many secrets – the families of the victim and of the local chief of police, fifty year old Dove Carnahan. In the small town secrets tend to be revealed but in this case they are definitely in hiding and who knows what else will be revealed as investigations get underway.
This is a book that is full of surprises. I certainly hadn’t worked out whodunit or why until very close to the big reveal at the end. There are so many twists and turns it is a totally wild ride. The characters all have their own angst and turmoil, their own history and reasons for their actions, behaviour and reactions, all unexpectedly revealed and contributing to the unfolding mystery.
Told from the point of view of Dove, this is a dramatic, entertaining manner, with laugh out loud moments as well as much darker moments. It contrasts dramatically how different people cope with traumatic experiences, especially Dove’s family members and the Trulys. Dove is feisty, resilient but her past is coming back to haunt her through the destructive family secrets they’ve kept hidden for years. Can she help discover the murderer? Working with her ex boss and lover, this is definitely not going to be a straightforward case!
Thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley, too, for letting me read an ARC of this book in exchange for this, an honest review.
From the New York Times bestselling author of the Oprah Book Club pick Back Roads comes this fast-paced literary thriller about a small town police chief who’s forced to dig into her own shadowy past as she investigates the murder of a teenage girl.
On the surface, Chief Dove Carnahan is a true trailblazer who would do anything to protect the rural Pennsylvanian countryside where she has lived all fifty of her years. Traditional and proud of her blue-collar sensibilities, Dove is loved by her community. But beneath her badge lies a dark and self-destructive streak, fed by a secret she has kept since she was sixteen.
When a girl is beaten to death, her body tossed down a fiery sinkhole in an abandoned coal town, Dove is faced with solving the worst crime of her law enforcement career. She identifies the girl as a daughter of the Truly family, a notoriously irascible dynasty of rednecks and petty criminals.
During her investigation, the man convicted of killing Dove’s mother years earlier is released from prison. Still proclaiming his innocence, he approaches Dove with a startling accusation and a chilling threat that forces her to face the parallels between her own family’s trauma and that of the Trulys.
With countless accolades to her credit, author Tawni O’Dell writes with the “fearless insights” (The New York Times Book Review) she brought to the page in Back Roads and One of Us. In this new, masterfully told psychological thriller, the past and present collide to reveal the extent some will go to escape their fate, and in turn, the crimes committed to push them back to where they began.
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