THE WRONG BOY
Publisher: Four Tails Publishing
Publication Date: January 9, 2019
Number of Pages: 307 pages
Perched on a Welsh clifftop, the ancient, picturesque hamlet of Rhosddraig has its peaceful façade ripped apart when human remains are discovered under a pile of stones. The village pub, The Dragon’s Head, run by three generations of women, becomes the focal point for those interested in the grisly find, and it’s where layers of deceit are peeled away to expose old secrets, and deep wounds. The police need to establish who died, how, and why, but DI Evan Glover knows he can’t be involved in the investigation, because he’s just two days away from retirement. However, as the case develops in unexpected ways, it becomes irrevocably woven into his life, and the lives of local families, leading to disturbing revelations – and deadly consequences . . .
I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest and thoughtful review.
From the book’s haunting cover design to the intriguing synopsis, I was instantly captivated and could not wait to delve into this one! The author’s picturesque descriptions are utterly breathtaking and enhance the mood of this intensely atmospheric story. She captures the setting of this Welsh town in such amazing detail and interweaves its history into the narrative in such a gripping way that in a sense it becomes its own character as well.
Spanning a realistic timeline and told in multiple yet seamless perspectives, this is a slow-burning and deeply twisted mystery that packs a powerful punch. A compelling array of discussions into mother-daughter relationships, generational insolence, obsession, and dueling investigative techniques opens up through the strong dialogue and each character’s internal conversation. The author’s deft storytelling created not just an unsettling and suspenseful read, but a masterful character study on family dysfunction and the unrelenting nature of law enforcement.
This was also a fascinating exploration into the role of the unreliable narrator. You quickly discover that hardly anyone is being honest with each other let alone with themselves. Everyone has something to hide and very few of these characters have any insight into their own shortcomings, so it certainly becomes quite difficult to trust anyone or predict where the story is going to go. This definitely kept me on the edge of my seat and the pages flying! As each voice gradually converges towards complete understanding for the reader, it became increasingly obvious how skilled the author was at maintaining a clever plot through the smooth flow of what initially seemed so disparate. Ultimately, these convoluted and conflicted relationships unravel into an unforgettable and grisly conclusion that shouldn’t be missed!
Born and raised in Wales, now-Canadian Cathy Ace is the author of the Cait Morgan Mysteries, featuring her Welsh Canadian criminology professor sleuth who travels the world tripping over corpses, and The WISE Enquiries Agency Mysteries, featuring a quartet of female PIs, working from a Welsh stately home. Both series are traditional, entertaining, and have been well reviewed.
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