Kindle Edition, 256 pages, To be released on March 5th, 2019, by Amberjack Publishing
My rating: 5/5
The haunting yet beautiful cover – that’s what drew me to this book, and I don’t regret picking it up.
Transom Shultz—son of the only rich person in the small town of Fallen Mountains—goes missing. Who could be behind his disappearance? Is it his best friend, Chase Hardy, whose farm Transom had bought and damaged irreparably? Is it his ex-girlfriend, Laney? Or is it Thomas Miller, the boy Transom bullied in school? It’s up to Sheriff Red to solve the case, but Red is hiding a secret too.
Grant’s first fiction novel Fallen Mountains is brilliant. I could hardly find any fault with this book. True to its cover, where dark clouds can be seen over the horizon, Transom’s disappearance threatens to plunge the lives of Chase, Laney, Red, and Thomas into chaos. The story is gripping from the beginning till the end. Grant uses simple yet apt words to describe vividly the characters, their actions, and even the picturesque scenery. She seamlessly alternates between the past and the present to craft a spellbinding mystery tale.
The beginning is slow. Grant introduces the backstory of every character and builds the suspense gradually. Notwithstanding the slow beginning, I could not leave the book since I wanted to untangle the complex web of secrets and lies. She lifts the fog of mystery gradually, and till the last page, I was on tenterhooks. Further, she has an unusual ability to give voice to every emotion of a character. Throughout the book, she reminds her readers that “the past is never dead.” The haunting unraveling of the mystery coupled with the attention to detail makes it perfect for a reread. Fans of mystery tales and character-driven dramas will love it; however, action-buffs will not like it.
Thanks to NetGalley for a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
(This review is also posted on Goodreads.)