Kelly Stone Gamble
Genre: Mystery, Crime, Women's Fiction
Publisher: Red Adept Publishing
Publication date: 11.12.2014
Recommended by: Red Adept Publishing, Read 2 Review
Date read: 2.9.2015
Cass Adams is crazy, and everyone in Deacon, Kansas, knows it. But when her good-for-nothing husband, Roland, goes missing, no one suspects that Cass buried him in their unfinished koi pond. Too bad he doesn't stay there for long. Cass gets arrested on the banks of the Spring River for dumping his corpse after heavy rain partially unearths it.
The police chief wants a quick verdict - he's running for sheriff and has no time for crazy talk. But like Roland's corpse, secrets start to surface, and they bring more to light than anybody expected. Everyone in Cass's life thinks they know her - her psychic grandmother, her promiscuous ex-best friend, her worm-farming brother-in-law, and maybe even her local ghost. But after years of separate silences, no one knows the whole truth. Except Roland. And he's not talking.
The story opens with Cass burying something in her backyard in the middle of the night. And if you're like me, a person who never seems to finish reading book descriptions, then you'll be as shocked as I was when you find out what it is. In just a few pages, you're sucked into a crazy, and sometimes hilarious, mystery into the death of Roland, a guy who has a side to him a lot of people are not familiar with.
Each chapter in this novel is from the point of view of a different character, and it was done really well. It was cool getting to know Roland, Cass, and everyone else, from the eyes of several people in this small town. As with any small town, everyone knows what is going on, but some people are really good at covering up their secrets, and it takes a murder - and the investigation of that murder - to bring those secrets out in the open.
The author does a great job with the characters in this book. At first, you may not like some characters, but that's only because you don't have the full story about them. Once you start getting to know them, though, you start to see that everyone is not what they seem, especially Cass. I was not sure about her until the night she got arrested (you'll have to read the book to find out what I'm talking about). My favorites were Clay, Shaylene, Grams, and the therapist.
There were lots of twists and turns that were not expected, and I really like the funeral and how things were ended.
Great story!! And I definitely plan to keep my eye on this author!!