Title - THE RIVER IS DARK
Author - JOE HART
Format - ebook
Source - Review copy via Netgalley
In a small town along the Mississippi River, separate but nearly identical attacks have left two married couples brutally murdered in their homes. A young boy—the lone survivor of the killings—now lies comatose in the hospital. And the police’s only lead is the boy’s terrified description of the assailant: a “monster.”
Enter former homicide detective Liam Dempsey, whose estranged brother fell victim to the killer. Dragged into the investigation as a suspect, Dempsey vows to solve the case and clear his name. But two things stand between him and the truth: a web of local politics, and the grim secrets the victims held close. All the while, a murderer with boundless hatred continues to raise the body count.
As the troubled ex-cop tries to pull justice from the town’s emotional wreckage, he realizes that his could be the next life lost to the killer’s ruthless, twisted plan for revenge.
I had had this book on my kindle for a while, and after reading some great books couldn't decide what to read next, so I checked which I'd had the longest, and started there.
I hate it when I realise I've had a good book waiting for me for so long, but then I like it, that I have just discovered something good to read when I just didn't know what to start.
Joe Hart is also a new author for me.
As this story develops the jigsaw starts piecing together. Liam Dempsey is an ex detective, and has gone to find out why his brother has died. Or more importantly why his brother has been brutally murdered. there is enough going on in this book to keep you guessing, and keep you interested. But for me I felt something was lacking. I just don't know what. It was quite a quick read only being 242 pages.
Joe Hart grew up on a lonely 91 acres of farmland in northern Minnesota and without many playmates or company, began writing when he was 9. His first literary love was Stephen King (and still is) but he has expanded his scope to other influential authors. He published his first poems at age 17 and his first collection of short horror stories at 29. He is currently working on a novel. He lives with his wife and two children in northern Minnesota. Joe loves hearing from readers, feel free to email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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