Wednesday, August 24, 2016

A Stone's Throw by Debbie De Louise



Goodreads Review
 
 
 
 
Widowed librarian Alicia Fairmont needs answers…

After her husband is killed in a hit and run accident, Alicia travels upstate to his hometown of Cobble Cove, New York, hoping to locate his estranged family and shed light on his mysterious past. Anticipating staying only a weekend, her visit is extended when she accepts a job at the town’s library.

Secrets stretch decades into the past…

Assisted by handsome newspaper publisher and aspiring novelist, John McKinney, Alicia discovers a connection between her absent in-laws and a secret John’s father has kept for over sixty years. But her investigation is interrupted when she receives word her house has burned and arson is suspected, sending her rushing back to Long Island, accompanied by John.

Back in Cobble Cove, cryptic clues are uncovered…

When Alicia returns, she finds a strange diary, confiscated letters, and a digital audio device containing a recording made the day her husband was killed. Anonymous notes warn Alicia to leave town, but she can’t turn her back on the mystery—or her attraction to John.

As the pieces begin to fall into place, evidence points to John’s involvement in her husband’s accident. The past and present threaten to collide, and Alicia confronts her fears…

Has she fallen in love with her husband’s killer?
 


Alicia Fairmont's husband died in a hit and run 6 months ago. She is alone has taken leave from her job and feels at a loose end. Her husband Pete did have family but they are estranged. Alicia wanted to get to the botttom of the family mystery to solve. I liked Alicia and how she was dealing with her grief.

She goes to the one place that she knows where her husband had lived as a child. Cobble Cove to start her journey into Pete's past to find the little family he has left. A mother and a sister. Cobble Cove is an odd town with a gothic vibe to it. Filled with mystery. It reminded me a little bit of the town Haven from the TV series. Where they aren't exactly friendly to strangers to begin with but they overnight warm up to Alicia. Although she did let herself get backed into corners constantly by the folks of Cobble Cove.

To help with her search she meets a local journalist to help her. John McKinney is also dealing with grief and has moved back to look after his father. John seemed nice enough but I couldn't connect with him. I didn't find him to be sincere in his feelings towards Alicia and I felt that he had a hidden agenda. I found him to be stiff and to formal when speaking.

The town is full of secrets, lies and painful memories. This is different to what I've read in a while. It has promising elements and the writing style keeps a good pace. Although it isn't a writing style I seemed to connect with. I really wanted to like this book because the blurb sounded amazing and the theme of the book intrigued me.

My problem? The deceased spouse theme. There were flashbacks to memories with her deceased husband. Didn't help me at all. This is totally on me as I knew it when I agreed to read it.