Author: Larry Sweazy
Publisher: Seventh Street Books
Rating: 4 stars
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Blurb: Haunted by the disappearance of his mother when he was eight years old, detective Hud Matthews begins his own investigation to find out what really happened so many years before. When a rare murder occurs in the lakeside community, Hud’s veteran skills are called upon to capture the killer. Pulled deep into the threads of the community with ties to the past, Hud quickly becomes a target, not only of the killer, but of those who wish the past to be left alone. As Hud gets closer to discovering the truth about the crimes, he has to face a choice of enforcing the law, or stepping outside of it to make sure that his version of justice is served.
Review: This novel set the tone immediately, with a vivid word picture describing the slow, inevitable destruction of a small town and the secrets and lies that impacted the people who lived there. When Hud Matthews returned to the lakeside community he’d grown up in, he had a separate agenda than the one he was showing on the outside.
Hud was going to take a job as a detective for the police department in his old hometown. Ostensibly because he wanted to get out of Detroit and the bad memories from his time on the force there. However, his true motives were more complicated. His mother had disappeared in that very town when he was eight years old, and the mystery of why and where she’d gone had never been solved. So Hud’s working overtime finding the killer running amuck in town as well as hunting down clues from his mother’s closed case.
Of course, the people in the town have their own secrets and memories, and they definitely don’t want Hud messing around in the past. As he becomes the target of a killer, he’s forced to consider that the current killings may have everything to do with his mother’s disappearance in the past.
You’re not going to see the surprise coming up in the end. This was a solid mystery with a lot of red herrings and pretty deep character development for the main character–it’s also begging DESPERATELY for another book. The ending!!!!!!!! Oy. I’m worried about Hud!