Sunday, May 28, 2017

Review: THE GIRL IN KELLERS WAY by Megan Goldin

Publisher Michael Joseph
Length 218 pages
Format softcover
Published 2017
Series standalone
My Copy provided by the publisher

My Review
Megan Goldin's debut novel The Girl In Kellers Way reads like she's been publishing crime fiction for years. The plot is tightly woven around well developed characters as interesting as the hidden motives and dangerous liaisons they pursue. Short, punchy chapters alternating between key characters keeps the story fresh and provides a nice yin/yang dynamic between the thin blue line of policing, and the everyday civilian. 

This slice of domestic noir with a physiological suspense twist is written from two perspectives; Mel, a homicide detective, and Julie, a stay at home mum married to a man still grieving for his first wife who was tragically murdered. The ties that bind them is the discovery of a body in Kellers Way along a stretch of forest where Julie takes her regular morning run. 

On the surface, the facade of normalcy cracks with each passing chapter as Julie's perfect life slowly resembles anything but. While Mel's diligence and knack for good old fashioned policing (aided by an unusual plus one tag along throughout the later stages of the investigation) leads the reader down a dark and often glossed over part of suburbia where violence and murder reign supreme. I devoured The Girl In Killers Way in two sittings and hope to read more of these characters sometime soon.    

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