Thomas Huston is a college professor, a famous author who writes dark and mysterious novels. His family, his life and his career is envied by many. His sincere and intelligent personality captivates attention of his friends and his students. Everything was going so well. Until one night…
Did I manage to get your attention? Are you interested in what happens next? Because I sure was! The perfect life went downhill the night Thomas Huston’s family was found slaughtered in their own house. Killed with their own chef’s knife. And the trustworthy college professor ran away, seen by few neighbours and town visitors.
A literary page-turner about a beloved college professor accused of murdering his entire family, and one small-town cop’s dangerous search for answers.
Thomas Huston, a beloved professor and bestselling author, is something of a local hero in the small Pennsylvania college town where he lives and teaches. So when Huston’s wife and children are found brutally murdered in their home, the community reacts with shock and anger. Huston has also mysteriously disappeared, and suddenly, the town celebrity is suspect number one.
Sergeant Ryan DeMarco has secrets of his own, but he can’t believe that a man he admired, a man he had considered a friend, could be capable of such a crime. Hoping to glean clues about Huston’s mind-set, DeMarco delves into the professor’s notes on his novel-in-progress. Soon, DeMarco doesn’t know who to trust—and the more he uncovers about Huston’s secret life, the more treacherous his search becomes.
Published: 10th January 2017
WHAT I LIKED:
1 – CRIME! MURDER! (Very mysterious one I must say!) You all know by now how much I love crime novels. Sometimes I feel I should have working as a detective and not a Trainee Lawyer. But hey! It’s never late to chase your dreams! (For now let’s settle on my dream running this blog and reading. plus* I am horrible at running or other physical activities.. )
2 – THE COMPLEXITY OF THE CHARACTERS. And I am not talking just about our writer and professor, whose mind was filled with different personalities. I am talking about the police agent dealing with the loss of his family while trying to determine the innocence of his friend. I am talking about Annabel, brought by so many different people.
It was many and many a year ago,
In a kingdom by the sea,
That a maiden there lived whom you may know
By the name of Annabel Lee;
And this maiden she lived with no other thought
Than to love and be loved by me.
Edgar Allan Poe
- – If this book doesn’t make you want to ream Edgar Allan Poe poetry, then I am not sure what will. (That is exactly what I am going to do, once I finish writing this review!)
WHAT I DISLIKED:
1 – First and most important, it didn’t surprise me as much as I hoped it would. It was definitely not Gillian Flynn who would surprise you on every single page. I can’t say, however, that it was predictable. No, it wasn’t. But every time I thought: «Yes! It’s time for some surprising twists!», it never actually came, which made me feel quite disappointed.
2 – Few sex scenes and mature language that I didn’t expect to be in the book. I know authors are trying to keep it as real as possible to our current world. But I like it when I can read a whole book without seeing curse words here and there (even though some characters justify inserting them in their speech). Just a personal preference here.
Overall, it was an entertaining read that I managed to devour between busy working and studying hours. I received this book from NetGalley for an honest review and I am not even a little bit sorry that I requested it. Yes, it probably wasn’t my favourite read of this year, but it was mysterious, creepy and engaging! A true mystery thriller.
My rating: ⭐⭐⭐ 3.5 / 5
A great way to start new year 2017, considering that this book comes out in the beginning of January!