Enemies Of Doves by Shanessa Gluhm
Publisher: TouchPoint Press
Publication Date: March 20, 2020
Format: Hardcover: 326 pages
Paperback: 324 pages
Kindle: 3058 KB / 326 pages
ISBN: 978-1946920911ASIN: B084ZD2MJK
Genre: Historical Mystery
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On a summer night in 1932, twelve-year-old Joel Fitchett wanders into an East Texas diner badly beaten and carrying his unconscious brother, Clancy. Though both boys claim they have no memory of what happened, the horrific details are etched into their minds as deep as the scar left across Joel’s face.
Thirteen years later, both men still struggle with the aftershocks of that long-ago night and the pact they made to hide the truth. When they find themselves at the center of a murder investigation, they make a decision that will change everything. A second lie, a second pact and for a time, a second chance.
In 1991 college student, Garrison Stark, travels to Texas chasing a rumor that Clancy Fitchett is his biological grandfather. Clancy has been missing since 1946 and Garrison hopes to find him, and in doing so, find a family. What he doesn’t expect to discover is a tangle of secrets spanning sixty years involving Clancy, Joel and the woman they both loved, Lorraine.
Told in alternating timelines from World War II to 1992, Enemies of Doves is a tale of family secrets, jealousy and deception perfect for fans of Kate Morton and Allen Eskens.
My Book Review:
In Enemies Of Doves, author Shanessa Gluhm's debut historical mystery novel, the reader follows a riveting tale of family secrets, jealousy, mystery, and deception.
This complex and multi-layered tale is told in alternating timelines between the World War II years of 1932-1946, and the years of 1991-1992. The story begins in 1932 Carthage, Texas, where the reader is introduced to twelve year old Joel Fitchett and his ten year old brother Clancy. A horrific incident has occurred that left Joel with a scar on his face, and the brothers claiming that they don't know what happened. Fast-forward to 1941, the brothers are adults and living in Longview, Texas. They have kept their long-held pact to hide the truth, but they struggle and can't escape the past, as another traumatic incident occurs in 1946 that continues to spin the tangled web of deception, as they make a second pact to hide the truth, and a difficult decision is made that will ultimately change the course of the brothers' lives forever.
In 1991, college student Garrison Stark travels from Ohio to Texas after hearing a rumor that a man named Clancy Fitchett may be his biological grandfather. Clancy and his wife Lorraine disappeared from Longview, Texas in 1946, and Garrison is determined to find the truth and hopefully gain a family. Garrison has no idea that his search will lead him on an emotional odyssey, as he uncovers a tangled web of secrets that spans over sixty years.
Enemies Of Doves is a riveting historical mystery story that easily draws the reader in from the start. The author provides the reader with a fascinating and richly detailed tale that has enough drama, secrets, deception, tension, heartbreak, and surprising twists and turns that will keep the reader guessing until the surprising conclusion. You can't help but get caught up in this multi-layered story, as the alternating timelines slowly reveals Joel and Clancy's past, and just when you think you know the outcome, the author teases the reader with subtle clues cleverly interwoven within the twists and turns, culminating in a surprising ending that will simply leave the reader stunned. I would be remiss if I didn't mention the surprise in learning what the title of the book meant to the brothers, I was intrigued by this conundrum, and when the meaning was finally revealed, I was left with my mouth hanging open, it doesn't get any better than that!
Enemies Of Doves is a well-written, and fast paced debut novel that left me completely satisfied. Diehard historical mystery fans won't be able to put the book down.
RATING: 5 STARS
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