A small town hides big secrets. After getting a note demanding his presence, Federal Agent Aaron Falk arrives in his hometown for the first time in decades to attend the funeral of his best friend, Luke. Twenty years ago when Falk was accused of murder, Luke was his alibi. Falk and his father fled under a cloud of suspicion, saved from prosecution only because of Luke's steadfast claim that the boys had been together at the time of the crime. But now more than one person knows they didn't tell the truth back then, and Luke is dead. Amid the worst drought in a century, Falk and the local detective question what really happened to Luke. As Falk reluctantly investigates to see if there's more to Luke's death than there seems to be, long-buried mysteries resurface, as do the lies that have haunted them. And Falk will find that small towns have always hidden big secrets.
January 10, 2017  |  336 pages
(Rated on Jan 19, 2017)
Grade: A    (switch to numeric scale)
L/E Ratio: 50% Literature, 50% Entertainment
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Sequel Potential:
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Jane Harper’s debut novel is atmospheric, tense, and expertly plotted with seemingly unexplained details neatly and believably made clear later in the storyline. Told mainly from Falk's point of view, the author also inserts flashbacks in limited third person from other characters' viewpoints, revealing prior conversations that may or may not be relevant or reliable. A good choice for mystery book discussion groups!  (+1 vote)