As the usually peaceful town is drawn into chaos, Hunter and Miki find themselves pulled more deeply into the investigation, and it turns out their connections to the murders may not be as tenuous as they seemed at first. As the investigation continues, burning questions bubble to the surface: Why is Hunter being framed for the murder? And why are there mentions of his long-lost father popping up all over town?
Everything comes crashing down to a startling conclusion on Hunter's 21st birthday, when he's finally forced to confront the truths he's been running from all his life.
Paperback, 344 pages
Expected publication: January 5th 2014
* I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review*
This book starts off with an introduction to Hunter and Miki. It was a little slow and I have to admit that I didn't fully understand their relationship and the way they interacted with each other. For a lack of a better description I found them a little robotic and stiff. Perhaps it was due to both of them being a little messed up. Hunter dealing with being abandoned by his criminal father at three years old and Miki dealing with parents who were not there emotionally.
It is when "The Cat" is introduced and people start turning up dead that the story takes an exciting turn. The story picks up the pace and as the reader I became more emotionally involved. I enjoyed trying to put the pieces together and figure out who the murderer was. What was the connection to Hunter and Miki and why were they trying to frame Hunter? I will admit that although there are many twists and turns and pieces to the puzzle I was able to figure it out before it was revealed. This is something that I pride myself in being able to do and has no bearing on the book itself. It also did not make me enjoy the book any less.
There are also some note-worthy characters in this book. Grayson Tucker, Amy and Granny Jen were all very strong characters that I enjoyed getting to know throughout the pages of this book. I especially liked Granny Jen with her strong will and insight. Also I liked how Hunter's character grew throughout the book and how he came into his own so to speak.
This story is kind of a coming of age story with a tall glass of suspense, murder, intrigue and a cast of unique and interesting characters. When all is said and done, I thoroughly enjoyed it and look forward to checking out some of Haymore's other works.
About the Author
Sheri grew up in Mt. Airy, NC, and still lives thereabouts with her husband and a pup named Cercie. Together, they've made a living running a couple of small business, and made a life doing the things they enjoy-traveling, hiking, camping, kayaking. Sheri loves music and yoga, inventing gourmet meals from random ingredients, laughing with friends, and most especially spending time with her daughter. A graduate of High Point University, she has burned more pages than most people will ever write, and is currently scribbling a third novel, which may or may not survive the flames.