Where I Can See You by: Larry D. Sweazy
Published by:Seventh Street Books on January 10th 2017
Format: Mobi (Kindle file)
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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.
I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Detective Hud Matthews moves from Detroit back to his hometown in Indiana. He is hired by the local police chief to work as one of the town’s three detectives. A series of murders begin soon after he begins the job.
What I loved…
I really liked the characters, especially Hud. I loved that he was deeply flawed while still being a great detective. Many of Hud’s faults seemed to revolve around the disappearance of his mother, which made sense to me. I also loved the characters of Burke and Goldie. They were very ‘rough around the edges’ and had interesting back stories.
The scenery of the story was beautiful. The descriptions of the Indiana summer resort painted vivid pictures in my mind. I could envision the crumbling cottages and rusting ferris wheel. I found Gee’s old shop to be especially interesting and more than just a little creepy.
What left me wanting more..
The identity of the murderer was well done. I can usually spot the murderer in a book right away but this one surprised me .I was,however, confused as to the motivation of the murders. The motive just didn’t come together for me. I also didn’t totally understand the revelation of the details of Hud’s mother’s disappearance.
My final verdict…
As far as police thrillers go, I think this one is unique and had great characters and an amazing setting. I did find the story to be somewhat slow-paced and disjointed.I was also often confused as to what was happening in a particular scene.
A major issue for me was that the stories ending. I would like to have had Hud’s story wrapped up a little better. I would defiantly read any sequel that let us know what happened next. I did, overall, enjoy ‘Where I Can See You’ and would recommend for lovers police detective novels.
Plot: Four Stars
Characters: Five Stars
Writing: Four and a Half Stars
Pacing: Three Stars
Cover: Four Stars
Overall: Four Stars
This guest review was contributed by The Book Return. All reviews are geared toward the Generation X, which includes modern books as well as ones from this blogger’s childhood.