Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Book Review and Giveaway!


I'd been in the mood for a suspense, so when Brett Cain's book Whiteout released with such an intriguing back copy, I was excited to read it.

Frank Sawyer, who goes by Sawyer, gets in an accident on a snowy Montana freeway. He tries to help the injured driver in the other car, but also finds a dead FBI agent as well. Before he can report it, the driver hits him hard enough to render Sawyer unconscious. When he comes to, he's arrested and finds out that he'll be stuck in the small Montana town until the snow lets up. Since the killer is obviously also stuck in this town, the stage is set for a standoff. Can Sawyer figure out the mystery of who killed the FBI agent, before the killer makes sure Sawyer never talks?

I thought the author did a wonderful job of providing suspects and plenty of red herrings. The mystery itself had just enough twists and turns to keep things interesting. There were times where I wish there had been a little bit more, but this is a shorter story, (it's only 177 pages), the last twenty-two pages are a preview of another novel, which is too bad because the author has talent and could have explored a bit more of the emotional depths for the characters directly involved in the mystery and the whys of it all. The reader does get a lot of internal dialogue and thoughts from Sawyer, however, as well as odd memories that surface at strange times, but it lets us feel like we know him. He definitely comes across as that odd guy that everyone is nice to but no one really gets, if that makes sense. In this story, he's a bumbler at times, not thinking through the consequences of his actions, but then comes across as competent at other times and overthinks the consequences. It's compelling since the reader never knows exactly what Sawyer will do or how his actions will move the story forward as he tries to figure out who the villain is. There were tense moments for sure and some memorable characters in town that you hope find a happy ending of their own. The ending isn't what I expected, but there was closure and it is set up for a sequel. So, if you are looking for a short murder mystery with some good fight scenes, then Whiteout is definitely one you should pick up.

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Here's the back copy:

 Long hours of driving on the frigid interstate have taken their toll. In a split second, Frank Sawyer’s car drifts and clips a passing van on the otherwise empty Montana highway. In the aftermath of the wreck, Sawyer encounters a gruesome scene: the van’s passenger did not survive. But it isn’t the crash that took his life—he’s been shot. Before Sawyer can assess what’s happened, he’s struck from behind. When he regains consciousness, he discovers that his attacker is gone, his car is missing—and the police have named him their prime suspect in the dead man’s murder.

The harsh winter weather bears down as the chaos unfolds, and Sawyer finds himself trapped in the small town of Cluff. And law enforcement is keeping him firmly in their sights, so there’s no possibility of escape. As he struggles to clear his name, Sawyer looks to the past for answers, becoming embroiled in a decades-old mystery that may hold the key to proving his innocence.

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