***I won a free paperback after winning a Goodreads Giveaway, making this book a first-reads***
There are times when the truth invites evil, and there are times when the truth can get you killed. Few residents in the secluded mountain-town of Winston, Colorado, have kind words to say about local troublemaker Sean Coleman. He’s a bully, a drunk, and a crime-show addicted armchair detective with an overactive imagination. After a night of poor judgment, Sean finds himself the sole witness to the unusual suicide of a mysterious stranger. With the body whisked away in the chilling rapids of a raging river, no one believes Sean’s account. When his claim is met with doubt and mockery from the people of Winston, Sean embarks on a far-reaching crusade that takes him across the country in search of the dead man’s identity and personal vindication. He hopes to find redemption and the truth—but sometimes the truth is better left unknown.
I loved this book. The suspense had me sitting on the edge of my seat. The bad guys didn’t care who they had to kill in order to keep their secret. My favorite types of books have a sort of mystery in them–I’m all about trying to solve a clue or puzzle before the end of the book. It was cool how I would think things would turn out a certain way, then something new and fresh would happen. There were definitely twists and turns throughout the story.
I liked that the main character was the town loser. It made the tension and conflict between characters seem more real. I shed a tear when his uncle died. The author did a fabulous job with the setting details–I could picture every touch, smell, sight that the characters went through. His writing style was very descriptive, making me see everything as a blockbuster hit. I could picture Sean as Robert De Niro or Bradley Cooper.
As a reader, I’m a huge fan of the jerks, so I loved Sean. I rooted for him since the beginning. He would make a good detective if he could calm down LOL. The story was also action-packed; I cared for everyone’s safety. No one was safe. The book especially got more interesting when Sean made it to Michigan to warn the dead guy’s wife about things he found out.
I RECOMMEND this book to read.