About the Novella:
Then, someone kills again in Blanchardville. Police locate a corpse atop one of seven inflatable swans on a pond, and another body in a pear tree. Scott receives odd texts from Lindsay' s phone and deduces they' re from the killer.
In order to save Lindsay, Scott agrees to meet the madman and play his game. As time runs out, Scott must learn to trust in God again, no matter what.
I liked this entertaining short mystery for the Christmas season. It got off to a bit of a confusing start for me. There is a gap of ten months between chapters one and two. The situation has totally changed for Scott, the hero. He went from being a sheriff deputy to working in an insurance office and from being nervous at asking Lindsay to go with him to a church dinner to dating her regularly. While there are vague hints, we do not find out what actually happened in that intervening time until much later. I do like backstory as soon as possible so I can enjoy the present situation completely.
When past events are explained, Scott's current actions begin to make sense and the novella takes off with a good pace. Plenty of action and suspense follows. A serial killer is using a Christmas song as a template for murders, also giving clues to Scott about the next victims. One of those victims is going to be Lindsay.
After the initial lack of backstory, this novella is a compelling read. It can be read in an evening so don't get started until you have a couple of hours free because you won't want to stop until you are finished.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
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(My star ratings: 5-I love it, 4-I like it, 3-It's OK, 2-I don't like it, 1-I hate it.)