A fire ignites a whirlwind of action and accusation in a swamp town that hasn't seen excitement since the big lottery win 12 years ago. Little does reporter Chloe Keyes know that when she sniffs around for clues, she'll end up facing her own demons while unsettling the very foundation of her hometown.
Chloe starts her day by pulling a gun on two intruders - and things only go downhill from there. Driving to Boyd's General for her daily caffeine fix, she finds the place ablaze. When the flames die down, she uncovers evidence that points to a dire fate for her missing childhood friend, Hoop. He disappeared 12 years ago, on the same day his girlfriend was struck and killed by a car. The events have left a dark mark on Chloe.
Over the next two days, strange occurrences pile up: Chloe's neighbor is found floating and bloated in Black Swamp, the head of a cosmetics conglomerate is arrested by federal agents, phone records point to a dead girl making calls, and a handsome stranger mystifies everyone he encounters. Through it all, the promise of a spectacular magic show captivates the local residents.
Close calls with gators, crossbows, and armed felons lead to a startling conclusion, complete with illusion, chicanery, and the most divisive trick of all: cold, hard truth. Will Chloe's murky existence finally be clarified, or will she succumb to the demons that haunt her?
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A brilliant story
Yes, I'd recommend this book. The story is well written and the mystery held my attention from start to finish.
It is quite a poignant story as it involved the loss of childhood friends. Experiencing a loss like that at such a young age has a huge impact on young people and I felt that the writer portrayed this very well with Chloe. The events surrounding the death of her friend and the disappearance of Hoop changed her outlook on life and affected relationships she had in the future. I loved how she wouldn't give up on discovering the truth, even 12 years later, and her dogged determination to bring those responsible to justice.
Some of the 'Hoop' story was quite obvious after a while but I enjoyed watching those events play out.
There were plenty of comedic scenes which lightened the tone of the story and had me laughing out loud. The little bit of romance was also a nice touch.
The narration was excellent and I would look out for more titles performed by Laura Jennings.
The story surrounding the death of her friend Macy who was so close to escaping poverty and living a nicer life with her mum.
I voluntarily reviewed a gifted copy.
- Inishowen Cailin