Fallen Mountains by Kimi Cunningham Grant
Amberjack Publishing: 3/5/19
eBook review copy; 256 pages
Fallen Mountains by Kimi Cunningham Grant is a very highly recommended novel of mystery and suspense.
Sheriff John "Red" Redifer is the only law enforcement official in
the small town of Fallen Mountains, Pennsylvania. He is planning to
turn in his letter of resignation the next day, but when Transom Shultz
is reported to be missing, he knows that there may be many more
complications beyond the obvious. Small towns are full of secrets that
are always waiting to be exposed and Fallen Mountains has its share of
Sheriff Red is haunted by a case and cover-up from seventeen years
ago and involved Transom. "Possum" was a victim at the hands of Transom
at that time and may have sought revenge. Or could Chase, whose family
land Transom bought to help Chase financially after his grandfather
died, have taken matters into his own hand due to Transom's underhanded
selling of timber and mineral rights. Or is Laney involved, the
long-time friend of both Chase and Transom, who has her own reasons for
not trusting Transom.
The characters are all finely drawn and portrayed as realistic,
people. They all have connections to each other and share a history.
Loyalty comes into play for all the characters. Do you keep the
secrets of the past or let them out, causing untold hurt and personal
devastation? Some of these secrets could destroy individuals and others
could devastate many people. The small town setting plays a huge role in
the novel, because everyone
knows everyone else and their background and history in the community.
This is a very well-written character driven atmospheric novel where
the denouement is not obvious because of the tangled history of all the
characters and the many secrets they are all harboring. The even pace of
the revelations about the characters in the presentation allows the
suspense to build incrementally and will keep you glued to the pages.
The narrative covers the present investigation and incidents from the
past. The final ending is intense and haunting.
My review copy was courtesy of Amberjack Publishing.