17 December 2012 ~ 0 Comments

No Such Thing by Judi Coltman

I recently received this book from the author for review and the description was so intriguing that I started it pretty quickly. But this was a harder book to read than I anticipated. The writing is very vivid and the content is hard to swallow. It’s not that it’s even graphically written, I think at some point… it’s what the author doesn’t say that makes me feel a little ill. I think because it’s inspired by true events makes it tougher.

That’s not to say it’s a bad book, in fact, it’s very good. The mystery of it all and the journey we take with the characters is absolute perfection. The author has this way of making the location become a character, a living breathing character almost. We learn so much about the “place” and the people in it that it becomes alive.

… which also makes it hard to read this type of a story.

… which also makes it a really good book because you cannot help but become completely engrossed with the characters and invested in their outcome. You also cannot help but feel like crying for the kids.

Writing was impeccable, the flow was perfect. Absolutely amazingly well done. Her ability to swap time/places was a little off at times, but once I figured out the flow of what she was doing and why I found it interesting.

Very highly recommended for thriller/mystery lovers.

Description:
A killer lurked the Woodward Avenue corridor of Oakland County, Michigan in 1976-77. His prey; children. For a year, he stalked, abducted and murdered young boys and girls, laying their bodies out in public to be easily found. The killing stopped abruptly in 1977, but the killer was never found.

This is the story of what could have happened.

Newly divorced and ready to relaunch herself, Sydney Powell and her retired K9 move back to the city in which she grew up to write a book about the infamous underworld faction known as The Purple Gang. Having once lived in a house built and used by the Purple Gang to run liquor, Sydney takes the opportunity to rent the place, believing it will help her write the book.

Met with opposition from her psychotic mother and her long brooding brother, Jack, who believe the real story of the house is about ghosts, she begins to dig into the history. Her research yields very little about her intended subject instead pointing to an entirely different history tied to the death of young boy.

Peeling away the layers of legal paper, Sydney and Jack become acutely aware that the house hides secrets linked to not only the gruesome murder that rocked the state, but deeper, more disturbing events. The secrets, held hostage in the walls.

Rating: ★★★★☆

Book count for 2012: 39

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