NOTE: I received a free review copy of this book from the author.
This novel centers around Julie O'Hara, a woman in her late 30s who learns that her best friend, Marc Solomon, has suddenly passed away. Although Marc had AIDS, Julie refuses to believe that he committed suicide, and she soon begins to suspect foul play. Traveling from her home in Florida back to Boston, where she and Marc met many years before, stirs up some of the dark memories that she and Marc both shared of Castle Cay, a private island owned by the Solomon family. Did Castle Cay play a role in Marc's murder?
Author Lee Hanson does an excellent job of building suspense in this murder mystery. She writes likeable characters who are well-developed, adding interest to the plot. Although the one "bad guy" in this story was fairly obvious, I personally had no idea how exactly Marc's death occurred until it was revealed in the book. The author description describes this as the "first novel in the Julie O'Hara mystery series," and I see that there is already a second available, Swan Song
. I would definitely be interested in reading further books in this series, especially to see whether Hanson uses Julie's occupation as a "body language expert" to greater advantage. But as a start, I would definitely recommend this engaging first book.