In association with Partners In Crime Virtual Book Tours, Jersey Girl Book Reviews is pleased to host the virtual book tour event for Little Falls by author Elizabeth Lewes!
ASIN (eBook): B085N41ZHP
My Book Review:
In Little Falls, author Elizabeth Lewes weaves an intriguing dark noir mystery tale that follows military veteran Sergeant Camille Waresch as she takes it upon herself to investigate the horrific tortured death of nineteen year old Patrick Beale.
This dark noir mystery tale is set in Little Falls, Washington. Camille Waresch is a military veteran of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. She came home with the horrors of war, and has a hard time struggling with PTSD. She tries to get normalcy in her life with a job as a county property tax inspector, and owner of the local town mart. She is also trying to establish a relationship with her fifteen year old head strong daughter Sophie, but finds that she is lacking in mothering skills.
While conducting a property inspection at an isolated ranch, Camille finds the tortured body of local nineteen year old Patrick Beale hanging in the rafters of the barn. The grizzly scene sends Camille into a tailspin as her combat-PTSD comes back to haunt her. As Camille digs into the murder, she finds that her daughter Sophie is caught in the middle, and she is driven to the edge as her investigation leads her into dangerous territory, but she is determined to get her daughter back, and get to the truth behind the murder.
In her debut novel, author Elizabeth Lewes provides a multi-layered storyline that has enough mystery, suspense, drama, treachery, secrets, tension, and intriguing twists and turns that keeps the reader guessing, while weaving an intricate and complicated portrait of Camille's PTSD as her flashbacks to her military past intertwine with the present, providing a haunting quest to get justice while dealing with her inner demons.
Told in the first person perspective, Camille takes the reader along for the ride on her stealthy military-based investigative quest. This engaging noir mystery story has realistic characters; and an intriguing and tension filled multi-layered storyline that easily draws the reader into the interconnection between Camille's military past and the present, and how the pieces of the murder investigation puzzle comes together and is solved.
This was a sobering and very dark noir story to read. I couldn't help but feel for Camille as her PTSD kicks in after discovering the murder scene, and how she spirals into paranoia and is on edge as her quest to get to the truth of the murder takes over her life, especially when it becomes personal as her daughter is caught in the middle. The story alternates between Camille's flashbacks to her military deployment with the present, and you can't help but sit on the edge of your seat as you wonder what will come next. This was a very compelling debut story that definitely kept me turning the pages, but I would be remiss if I didn't mention that in my opinion, the conclusion was abrupt and left me scratching my head.
Little Falls is the kind of dark noir murder mystery that easily keeps the reader captivated, guessing, on their toes, and wanting more!
RATING: 4 STARS
This is a rafflecopter giveaway hosted by Partners in Crime Virtual Book Tours for Elizabeth Lewes. There will be five (5) winners. Three (3) winners will each receive one (1) Amazon.com Gift Card. Two (2) winners will each receive LITTLE FALLS by Elizabeth Lewes (eBook). The giveaway begins on September 1, 2020 and runs through November 2, 2020. Void where prohibited.