James Patterson and Candice Fox
Penguin Random House
A gripping stand-alone novel from the world’s bestselling thriller writer.
Ex-Boston homicide detective Billy Robinson has retreated to a quiet life on the New England coast. Struggling to cope following the death of his beloved wife, he must now run the inn that Siobhan took care of so well.
The inn’s quirky residents help keep Billy on solid ground as he grieves, and the group soon become an unconventional family. But this small town is in the grips of a growing opioid epidemic, and when a young resident gets hooked into the crisis, Billy knows he must act to save the people in the inn that he has grown to care so much about.
With his secretive past in Boston catching up to him, can Billy survive long enough to save the town – and its beloved inn – from ruin?
I had a little Stepehndrugs King déjà vu moment when I started reading this, perhaps it was the setting that evoked this random memory? The waterfront, the old run down building that is the Inn? A horror story of sorts, this however, is where the resemblance ends.
I have mixed feelings about this read. The first time I picked this up I was not engrossed or engaged with the narrative…I put the book down and started reading again the next day…something changed! The tension, the dilemmas, the characters living in the Inn grabbed a hold of me and didn’t let me lose until I finished reading. What a change! I wish I could articulate the reason for the change- perhaps pace? Perhaps it’s the connection with the “good guys” and their struggle?
A great collaboration. A solid read. I hope you enjoy it.