Review By Don Sloan
Five unforgettable characters are on a collision course with destiny in this tension-filled thriller from author Kevin Patel. It’s the kind of book that makes you keep repeating the well-worn mantra of horror fans everywhere: “Don’t go in there!”
The book spins slowly through opening chapters that lull the reader into a false sense of serenity, particularly with happily just-engaged couple Chris and Jill. Their idyllic, romantic road trip is about to turn decidedly deadly.
And Jamie, the beautiful but hopelessly unlucky-in-love waitress, sees danger in every shadow, and can’t believe her good fortune at meeting police detective Dallas Perkins. But is he really the white knight she’s been waiting for all her life?
Then, there’s Richard, the homeless man who spends most of his time across the street from the diner where Jamie works. He seems harmless, fixated on Jamie from afar, but as time goes on . . .
Finally, there’s Jacob, easily the book’s most complex character. He’s three parts victim, one part ex-convict, and one part very scary part homicidal maniac.
You’ll be tempted to skim through a few slow-moving portions of this rich and well-edited story. But stay the course as the narrative switches points-of-view. Your patience will pay dividends in the last one-third of this carefully paced thriller.
Does Jamie finally get a happy ending, riding into the sunset with her intrepid lawman? Will Chris and Jill escape the stalking of the certifiably creepy Jacob? And what will happen to Richard? A permanent place in a homeless shelter, perhaps, where he finds Jesus and doles out hot soup to his fellow residents?
Ah, this book is deliciously unpredictable. Whatever ending you think is in store for the principal players, you’ll probably be wrong. Very, very wrong.
Five stars to this true crime story masquerading as an intriguing mystery. Oh, and there’s also a gore alert in effect for the final few pages. Not trying to give anything away. Just sayin’. 🙂
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