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- Publication date : February 7, 2015
- File size : 2168 KB
- Print length : 102 pages
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Publisher : M.W. Griffith Books; 1st edition (February 7, 2015)
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Language: : English
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- ASIN : B00TC1VTH6
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,155,279 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The premise should tug at anybody’s heartstrings, and give you a little mystery to boot. A body of an old man is found under some cliffs, but his identity checks out to be from a missing teenager. The whole case tumbles from there, feeding you a little bit at a time so you’re hooked, but with short chapters that gets things moving. This was very well done, because the relatively dry procedural stuff has a great payoff, but doesn’t hint at it so much. Every so often you get a little flashback into what happened to Alex that just teases the next chapter, which adds the human element to the the police characters.
That’s important to say, because they can seem a little uncaring at first, and that’s not the characters’ fault, but the nature of the medium. The only problem of TTAA is the length. As an indie book, I can understand why the story was wrapped up in novella form: easy to read as an ebook, easy to pick up by readers. Twists and turns happen very quickly. But the length does a disservice to a story rich in personal tragedy, legal nuance and personal choice. Montana is a wonderful character, just rebellious enough to be interesting and conflicted, but I wish there was more that fleshed out her personal investment in Alex’s fate. The ending could also have been foreshadowed more clearly. However, given its length, the opening transports you instantly into the scene, great example of efficient detective writing.
Griffith gets the details right. The case is touching, and digs at the darkness of the everyday, even if the length sometimes leaves you gasping for more. Fans of police procedurals will either be comforted by the accuracy or annoyed at the primer, but either way they’ll definitely get sucker-punched by the story’s myriad turns. A really fun read, and a great intro to a fantastic author!
For full transparency, I arranged to review Alex as part of a trade of reviews with the author. We agreed to be as honest and constructive as possible =)
Once again we connect with Marrenger, the investigating lead on the case, discover a little more about her, and to be honest - I can't wait for the next book with her in it. She has style and gumption that any main lead needs in a well paced crime investigation book.
Fantastic details without going overboard. Just enough to give you a picture of the scene and the characters within. Fantastic!
Top reviews from other countries
We continue to follow Special Agent Selena Marrenger, who this time teams up with Detective Dupont and FBI Agent Jameson after discovering the body of an old man who'd apparently committed suicide, but who weirdly shares the same name as a boy who went missing twelve years before. This part of the story of the investigators following leads which involve people trafficking, gun running and a mysterious man called Marco, is intercut with the disappearance of Alex twelve years before, and how it devastated his parents, who are still looking for him now. The way the author has handled the parallel stories is expertly done, making the novel feel like one whole, and not two separate plot lines, which often happens in other books like this.
I really loved the snowy setting, the slate-grey skies, the sting of the wind, and these elements were beautifully evoked and reminded me a bit of Fargo (both the film and the TV show, which for me was great because I love both). The overall tone of the novel, with its snappy chapters, crisp dialogue, a looming pain of tragedy was something I really enjoyed here, all of which leads to twists that I honestly didn't see coming - indeed the last few chapters and all the revelations were handled really well.
But for me, the key to the novel, and it's heart was Selena's pain about the past. This made me empathise with her a lot; in fact if I had to mention one criticism about the book it was that I really wanted to know more about that, but I'm guessing we'll learn more about it in the next book.
For fans of detective/mystery stories I highly recommend this book: tightly written, beautiful setting, great twists and a central character to care about.