04 October 2011 ~ 0 Comments

In The Name Of The Father by Judi Coltman

The author sent me this book and asked if I would be interested in reading it. Since I enjoyed her first book, Is It Just Me? or Is Everyone a Little Nuts!, I thought I would give it a chance. She did tell me it was completely different, but I was not prepared for just HOW different this book was. It’s a complete 180 from her first offering. And wow. What a great book!

The thing that struck me most about this book was the location. The author does an amazing job of bringing this small vacation town to life right on the page. I felt like I knew the people there, the places, the hideaways, and the “feel” that only that town can probably pull off. While reading it, I found out it’s actually a real place and it kind of makes me want to go visit, spend some time in that small beach community and soak it up.

In some ways this was a “typical” mystery/suspense/thriller in that it has all the inner workings and formulas needed to make it great. In other ways, it’s a bit atypical because of the setting, the characters and the back story. The author, again, does an amazing job of setting us up for what is to come. The characters have a wonderful depth to them; we get to know them and care about them – yes, even the one “whodunnit”.

Which leads me to the next point… this is a great “whodunnit” book. I knew who did it about 1/3 of the way through. Then I knew who REALLY did it. And then I realized that was just a red herring and I knew who REALLY REALLY did it. But then maybe not… I honestly had it whittled down to three people by the time I reached the end… not telling you if it was one of the three or not though! I was disappointed in myself though, I usually can quickly figure out who did it pretty easily, but this one kept me scratching my head a bit.

Overall, this a wonderfully written and edited book, it’s fast-paced, but detailed enough to bring the reader fully into the story.I would recommend this for a Fall beach read or to those who enjoy a good suspense mystery read.

Liz’s best friend rode off on the back of a motorcycle when she was 16 years old. Her body parts washed up on the shores of a Virginia beach community days later, prompting Liz’s parents to sequester her away to Richmond, far away from the vicious murder. Now on her own, Liz returns to take back that part of her life and make peace with the events of her 16th summer.

John Williams’ heart broke when, after being questioned in the grisly murder, Liz’s parents spirited her away for good, leaving him grieving for his forsaken love. With the guidance of his father, the community preacher, John moves on with a clear understanding of his life’s mission.

When another body turns up, savagely hacked-up on the side of the road, safety becomes elusive, even in the small community church where the answers are hidden. Liz and John have to face the truth that the killer is still out there. Watching. Waiting for them.

Rating: ★★★★☆

Book count for 2011: 50

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