- Series: A Casey Holland Mystery
- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: TouchWood Editions (October 15, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1926741218
- ISBN-13: 978-1926741215
- Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,183,253 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Opposite of Dark (A Casey Holland Mystery) Paperback – October 15, 2011
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"The modest but resourceful Casey is a perfect heroine for our times, a combination of thought and action." …Lou Allin, Crime Writers of Canada
About the Author
Debra Purdy Kong has a diploma in criminology and has worked as a security guard. These experiences have assisted her in creating dynamic, realistic works of crime fiction. She is the author of two other novels: Taxed to Death (1995) and Fatal Encryption (2008). Debra is a member of Crime Writers of Canada, and she has published work in several anthologies, including Crossings: An Anthology of Cross Genre Fiction and Internationally Yours: Prize-winning Stories, and in periodicals such as The Vancouver Sun, Moxie Magazine, and BC Parent Magazine. The Opposite of Dark is the first in a series.
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Top Customer Reviews
The protagonist, Casey Holland would sympathize with my plight. She has a full plate investigating her father's deaths (yes, there were two of them) while finding a purse snatcher on the buses and looking out for her almost stepmother and stepsister.
Casey's day job with transit security is one of many perks of the read. Bounty hunters, private investigators and police detectives abound, but how many books have transit cops? Only one that I know of, and I'll be picking up the next book in the series to read more.
It is a complex mystery, especially when she finds that her father has died - twice! Now that's a mystery if there ever was one! All through the book, after meeting all the characters, it is hard to decide who is the bad guy, who is the good guy/ or gal. But that's what a mystery is, right? I like that it takes place near Washington state where I live because I am familiar with the places mentioned in the book. You even begin to suspect the main character's best friend! That's what I like about it - so many suspects- that you can hardly wait for the end to see how it all turns out! Good job, Debra Purdy Kong!
This is a mystery with a lot of crazy characters and a fast moving plot to keep you on your toes. I wasn't quite sure who the murderer was until the end, especially since so many of them seemed to be guilty of something. Most of the loose ends were tied up, but Casey still has a few unanswered questions and a romance to pursue, so I'm looking forward to the next mystery in book two. I've already put it on my TBR list.
If you're looking for a fun mystery filled with quirky characters and plenty of action, look no further.
This book is a page-turner that will keep you up late. It tells the story of a transit security officer, Casey, who is confronted by news that her long-dead father has died -- again. If I say more, I will reveal a tense and exciting plot that you must experience for yourself. Purdy Kong creates rounded, believable characters and sets the majority of the book in metro Vancouver, with some scenes in European capitals. Her pacing is thrilling and the story complex enough to satisfy but not defeat you. She holds you in suspense till the end. The slim clues Purdy Kong dropped in the meat of the book only became apparent to me as the story unfolded at the end. I was never quite sure "who dun it." Just what I love in a good mystery novel.
Purdy Kong's writing is compelling, realistic, and tight. Can't wait for number two!
Highly recommended if you love contemporary mysteries.
The first book in the series introduces the reader to Casey Holland, a transit security officer working in Vancouver BC, and launches you right into a mystery. Casey's father died three years ago overseas but police arrive at her work and announce the man in their morgue is her father. He physically resembles Casey's father and this revelation sets her into a tailspin. Was her father living a secret life? Why did he think he couldn't share this information with her?
Casey's questions lead her to on a crazy chase of suspected murderers, business associates and family. What I loved about this novel was you couldn't trust anyone. The reader is dumped right into Casey's shoes, navigating the murky waters of an import/export business, gangsters, and shady associates. Just when I thought I maybe had it figured out there would be another twist that made me question everything I'd read previously.
I did eventually suspect who the ultimate murderer was but I can't say it was because of how the novel was written. As I mentioned, I had previous knowledge of plot points from reading and critiquing later books in this series. I put two and two together and voila! I had the murderer. For a regular reader without those insights, I think this is well written novel with a tight plot and fabulous tension that will keep you guessing right up to the end.
My only critique is that we aren't given as much back story as I would have liked. The dribbles were there but sometimes it wasn't as clear as I would have liked. And I always wondered how she was drawn into her particular career path. I don't think it was ever explained.
4 out of 5 stars