By Finn Bell
- Release Date: 2017-02-15
- Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Dead Lemons Finn Bell Book Review Score: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars
In the far south a young girl goes missing, lost without trace in the wilderness beyond her remote family cottage. A year later her father disappears in the same place. Then nothing. At all. Eventually the years grow over the grief, wearing away the questions. Life flows past the forgotten tragedy.
Until Finn moves into the abandoned home, looking for a fresh start.
A place to heal himself far from his old problems. But rebuilding life is complicated by chance encounters and odd occurrences leaving Finn with the growing suspicion that the people here are harboring a terrible secret. Suspicion turns to obsession the deeper Finn digs while also facing steadily escalating dangers in the here-and-now. Soon Finn's own journey of recovery becomes inextricably linked with his need to unravel the mystery. Past and present finally collide when Finn starts to learn the truth about this place and himself. Now he must choose between exoneration and condemnation, justice and vengeance.
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User reviews about this book
Quite, quite good
Very well-written. Very dark, and dark humor. I really enjoyed it. I'm going to see what else he's written.
Engrossing, Complex Thriller
Within the Thriller genre, "Dead Lemons" is unusually complex and carefully plotted. Although it brushes against Horror, it is an interesting mix of mystery, sociology, psychology and history. New Zealand centered, the story line takes advantage of the settling and indigenous people's customs to advance the plot, but doesn't fall into making what is interestingly different into something strange and hard to relate to. The author has a polished, readable style that makes reading the words, sentences, and paragraph a pleasure unto itself.
I rarely review books but I thoroughly enjoyed this one. It is descriptive enough that I could visualize the characters and their habitats. I thought about this book while I was away at work and couldn't wait to return to it and see what happened next.