Author Layton Green has suggested the extracts he would like to share from this book as part of its promotion schedule, so my teaser lines are a little closer to the beginning of the book than usual, but are, I hope you will agree, nonetheless relevant and intriguing!
I am actually almost finished reading this intriguing story and can’t wait to post my full review, as I have plenty of excellent quotes to share, no less than I would expect from this, one of my favourite authors!
This is one for all you page surfers out there!
Detective Joe “Preach” Everson set down the hatchet and wiped a line of sweat from his brow. A gust of wind caused a flurry of pine needles to drift down, adding to the layer covering the yard of his bungalow in the woods outside Creekville, North Carolina. Though the early October air remained mild, he had decided to get a head start on splitting wood for the season, knowing the weather could turn at any time.
After spending a decade as a homicide detective with the Atlanta PD, he had moved back to his hometown over a year ago, searching for a measure of peace and solitude after a case that had broken his spirit and changed the course of his career.
Eyeing the stack of logs with satisfaction, he took off his boots and stepped inside, where Ari was still working on the sofa in one of his sweatshirts, legs curled under her, poring over a legal file. After graduating from UNC law and passing the bar, she was barely a month into her job as a Durham County prosecutor.
“Even Jesus took a break on Saturday night, counselor.” “You’re finished already?” she asked, without glancing his way.
“Oh.” She looked up with a sheepish smile, dark hair scattered, eyes straining from the text. “In case you think I’m having fun, this expert report makes IKEA instructions seem exciting.”
“The accountant who ripped off his clients to buy his twenty-year-old girlfriend a Porsche?”
“That’s the one. The guy can launder money like a Sicilian but doesn’t think anyone will question a waitress with a new 911.”
Greed and sex accounted for a vast portion of crimes in America, Preach knew. Where they were both involved, rational behavior had a way of taking a vacation to a distant tropical island. “How’s a cold beer and Chinese food sound? The good stuff, not takeout.”
She sighed. “Lovely. Just give me a few.”
“Sure,” he said, though her attention had already returned to the folder.
For the most part, Preach’s year with Ariana Hale had been a thrilling one, filled with long passionate nights, bleary-eyed coffee in the morning, and intense debates on his screened porch in between, sipping bourbon as they waded through the murky lagoons of life, literature, and the meaning of it all. She challenged him, he challenged her, and they loved each other—what more could one ask?
Still, dating a woman studying for the bar and beginning life as an attorney had its challenges. In the last few months, Preach could count on one hand the number of times Ari had stayed the entire weekend. While she was in law school, their odd schedules had seemed to mesh, but now she worked nine-to-five, or more like nine-to-nine. With his irregular hours, they struggled to find time to connect.
If you still need to know more, check out those opening lines here
Just to help you get all those lines into some context – here is the book’s premise…
A SHATTERED LENS – The Premise
Annalise Stephens Blue is a Creekville high school student with plans to become a world-famous filmmaker. As she begins filming an exposé of the town called Night Lives, she uncovers more than she bargained for: on the very first night of filming, she stumbles upon a murder in the woods, and flees the scene steps ahead of the killer.
Detective Joe “Preach” Everson is called to investigate the murder. The victim, David Stratton, is the town’s golden boy and high school quarterback. A modern version of what Preach used to be. Not only that, the boy’s mother is Claire Lourdis, a beautiful divorcée who Preach fell for in high school. She is also the main suspect in her son’s murder.
Despite the cloud of suspicion hanging over her, old feelings resurface between Claire and Preach, straining the detective’s relationship with his girlfriend Ari, a prosecutor in nearby Durham. As Preach delves into the secrets lurking beneath the surface of the town and searches for a missing girl who may have witnessed the crime, he must put his own feelings aside and pursue the answer to a terrible question: is a mother capable of murdering her own child?
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