Monday, November 05, 2012

The Hiding Pace -- David Bell

David Bell's new novel is one in which the past comes back to haunt the present.  Janet Manning goes to the playground with her brother, who's four.  Janet's only a bit older, but she's supposed to watch him.  The unimaginable happens.  He strays away and is killed.  A man is convicted of the murder and sent to prison.

Twenty-five years later, Janet still remembers that day, though she can't remember perfectly.  The man convicted of the crime is out on parole.  Another man shows up in town and claims to be Justin.  Janet's childhood friend, Michael, who was at the playground that day, is also back in town.  Janet's teenage daughter is doing her own investigation of what happened that day.

And what did happen?  You'll have to read the novel to find out, but I can tell you that it's not what everybody thinks (but you knew that already, didn't you).  Everyone has secrets, some of them deeper and darker than others, and nothing is what it seemed to be.  

A neat combination of mystery and psychological suspense. Check it out.

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