Enemies of Doves
by Shanessa Gluhm
on Tour June 1-14, 2020
On a summer night in 1932, twelve-year-old Joel Fitchett wanders into an East Texas diner badly beaten and carrying his unconscious brother, Clancy. Though both boys claim they have no memory of what happened, the horrific details are etched into their minds as deep as the scar left across Joel’s face.
Thirteen years later, both men still struggle with the aftershocks of that long-ago night and the pact they made to hide the truth. When they find themselves at the center of a murder investigation, they make a decision that will change everything. A second lie, a second pact and for a time, a second chance.
In 1991 college student, Garrison Stark, travels to Texas chasing a rumor that Clancy Fitchett is his biological grandfather. Clancy has been missing since 1946 and Garrison hopes to find him, and in doing so, find a family. What he doesn’t expect to discover is a tangle of secrets spanning sixty years involving Clancy, Joel and the woman they both loved, Lorraine.
Told in alternating timelines from World War II to 1992, Enemies of Doves is a tale of family secrets, jealousy and deception perfect for fans of Kate Morton and Allen Eskens.
This is an engaging book in the end. It got off to a bit of a slow start for me but the last quarter of the novel made reading it very worth while. A story set in 1991 unfolds as we also read background vignettes from decades ago. Once the connection is established, the modern story is told while the historical events related to it are also revealed.
Gluhm has incorporated many issues into the novel. Painful childhood experiences result in two very different outcomes for brothers. Hard family relationships result in actions causing devastation in the future. There is physical abuse, PTSD, and alcoholism. There are people who are not who they pretend to be. Gluhm makes it all work and adds a surprising twist near the end.
I recommend this engaging and entertaining novel. It will also give you much to think about.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
Book Details:Genre: Historical Mystery
Published by: Touchpoint Press
Publication Date: March 20, 2020
Number of Pages: 328
ISBN: 1946920916 (ISBN13: 9781946920911)
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Shanessa Gluhm works as a librarian at an elementary school in New Mexico where she lives with her husband and children. It was during her own elementary days when a teacher encouraged Shanessa to write and share stories with the class. She hasn’t stopped writing since. Enemies of Doves is her debut novel.
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I received a complimentary digital copy of this book through Partners in Crime Virtual Book Tours. My comments are an independent and honest review. The rest of the copy of this post was provided by Partners in Crime Virtual Book Tours.
(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.)