But it could always be worse. . . .
More than a year ago, mild-mannered Jason Getty killed a man he wished he’d never met. Then he planted the problem a little too close to home. But just as he’s learning to live with the undeniable reality of what he’s done, police unearth two bodies on his property—neither of which is the one Jason buried.
Jason races to stay ahead of the consequences of his crime and while chaos reigns on his lawn, his sanity unravels, snagged on the agendas of a colorful cast of strangers. A jilted woman searches for her lost fiancé, a fringe-dweller runs from a past that’s quickly gaining on him, and a couple of earnest local detectives piece it together with the help of a volunteer police dog — all of them in the wake and shadow of a dead man who had it coming. As the action unfolds, each discovers that knowing more than one side of the story doesn’t necessarily rule out a deadly margin of error.
This novel follows the lives of three very different people, all unwittingly connected through the bodies buried on Jason Getty’s land. The synopsis of this story really pulled me in, and I was excited to read it as I love a good suspense novel. And suspense it does deliver, but getting there was a bit of a hike. The story opens with Jason Getty worrying about the body he buried the year before. Of course, the unearthing of two other bodies by a landscaping crew leave Jason with even more to worry about as his nerves and rationality begin to dwindle…
We learn a lot about Jason in the following pages, but of course, the reader is kept in the dark concerning the identity of said body for quite some time. Now, while I do like a bit of mystery in my books, I felt like it took much too long to get to the “good stuff,” as it were. To spread everything out, we’re given the back story of Leah, the fiancé of one of the bodies uncovered, and then we’re given the back story of Boyd Montgomery, the previous owner and murderer of the two other bodies found on Getty’s property (his wife and Leah’s fiancé). This is where things start to get a little confusing as the novel switches back and forth between perspectives, but it does give us insight into the murders. However, in my opinion, it took too long to get there. I loved getting to know all the characters, and I enjoyed their stories, to a point, but I felt like the story dragged on a bit too long, setting up the background when all I wanted was to know what was happening in the here and now, what with three bodies in the yard and the cops closing in… I wanted the action piece more than the background piece.
Once everything is hashed out, though, and the three characters come together, the story takes off at a rather fast pace, creating an awesome psychological thriller that I really enjoyed. Honestly, this is a great novel, overall, though it takes some time to get to the meat of the story. Three stars.
Gallery Books has been extremely gracious in allowing me to read an ARC of this novel, via Netgalley, prior to its release on February 12, 2013.