Author: Julia Keller
Series: Bell Elkins #5
Published by: Minotaur Books on Aug. 23, 2016
Format: eBook, ARC
Source: St. Martin's Press, NetGalley
Book Rating: 7.5/10
From the small towns of Appalachia they came, the young men who joined the fight for liberty in World War II. Now they are elderly, and some of them―like Harmon Strayer, father of prosecutor Bell Elkins’s former law school classmate―suffer from Alzheimer’s. When Harmon dies in an Alzheimer’s care facility from what appear to be natural causes, Bell confronts a mystery that brims with questions about memory, grief and the lethal cost of burying the past. During a winter of record snow and cold, Bell and the people of Acker’s Gap, West Virginia, face isolation and hardship―and the threat from a killer who preys upon the old and the sick and the helpless.
This is an atmospheric, character-driven, murder mystery that reminds us that sometimes one reckless event can have long-lasting repercussions.
The plot is well developed, suspenseful, and tragic. The writing is well done and remarkably descriptive. And the characters are highly complex, damaged, and in some cases depraved.
Although this is not an extremely fast-paced thriller, it is definitely entertaining and an enjoyable read.
This book is due to be published on August 23, 2016.
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Thank you to NetGalley, especially St. Martin’s Press, for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.