This story is a lot like the novels the college professor character wrote: dark, a little heavy-worded, and light on the happy endings.
It wasn’t the best mystery I’ve ever read, but it was a solid effort that kept me entertained and guessing.
The novel centers on the murders of the Hutson family, with police suspecting famous author Thomas Hutson, the only survivor, as the perp. Thomas goes on the run while State Trooper Ryan DeMarco tries to unravel what happened. The events of that Saturday night are as complicated as the literary classics Huston quotes and DeMarco quickly finds himself deep into Hutson’s world.
At times the novel was confusing and convoluted. The ending was very complicated and really out there even for a murder plot. I’m still even a little unclear about what happened precisely. So many people, places, etc.
But if you cut through it, the plot was good at its base, and it kept me guessing. It relies heavily on the unreliable narrator, with the chapters about Hutson’s journey following the murders leaving you guessing what he did and what is true.
It’s definitely no Harlan Coben thriller, but it’s solid and fans of police procedurals will enjoy it.