Post Script: One of Us – Tawni O’Dell

One of Us

Tawni O’Dell

Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books

Gallery Books

ISBN: 9781476755878



From the New York Times bestselling author of Back Roads comes a fast-paced literary thriller about a forensic psychologist forced to face his own demons after discovering his small hometown terrorized by a serial killer.


Dr. Sheridan Doyle—a fastidiously groomed and TV-friendly forensic psychologist—is the go-to shrink for the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office whenever a twisted killer’s mind eludes other experts. But beneath his Armani pinstripes, he’s still Danny Doyle, the awkward, terrified, bullied boy from a blue-collar mining family, plagued by panic attacks and haunted by the tragic death of his little sister and mental unraveling of his mother years ago.


Returning to a hometown grappling with its own ghosts, Danny finds a dead body at the infamous Lost Creek gallows where a band of rebellious Irish miners was once executed. Strangely, the body is connected to the wealthy family responsible for the miners’ deaths. Teaming up with veteran detective Rafe, a father-like figure from his youth, Danny—in pursuit of a killer—comes dangerously close to startling truths about his family, his past, and himself.


In this masterfully told psychological thriller in the vein of Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl, the past and present collide to put Lost Creek’s long-lived ghosts to bed.


My View:

This is my first experience of reading a Tawni O’Dell book and I must say how impressed I was with this offering! This book has it all:


Atmospheric – wonderful creation of settings – of a struggling mining town, of prison, of the extremely wealthy, of the mentally unbalanced… and of a gamut of emotions, this is a fascinating read.


Complex – the narrative twists and turns, we have two perspectives – of Danny’s past and present and glimpses of Scarlet’s life – past and present and the intersection of the two lives and the consequences of those interactions. Mixed in with these we have a history of the mining town, of ghosts of the past, of tragic crimes and the darkness of some aspects of humanity.


Characters – a range of characters, some you will like, some you will despise as you will despise their sociopathic behaviours and some you will relate to and will embrace. The characters are vividly portrayed, and their conversations or their silences have an authentic feel.


Mystery and murder – exquisitely written.


And the humour – of the ups of mania…and of course the wonderful doggy psychic – loved him and his contribution to the story!


This novel is rich is background, settings, characterisations, plot and has an authentic voice. The narrative is intriguing and engaging and I could not put this book down until I had read the very last word. Perfect!!!


5 thoughts on “Post Script: One of Us – Tawni O’Dell

  1. Carol – I must admit that I’m not one for ‘serial killer’ murder mysteries. But I do like a solid sense of place and context, and an atmosphere. And well-developed characters are always a plus. Oh, and so is humour 🙂 Very glad you enjoyed this.

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