Monday, May 8, 2017

Review: TWO DAYS GONE by Randall Silvis

Publisher Sourcebooks Landmark
Length 394 pages
Format paperback
Published 2017
Series standalone
My Copy provided by the publisher

My Review
Popular author Thomas Huston is accused of brutally murdering his family one bloody night, fleeing the scene and leaving a trail of hurt and incomprehensible saddens in his wake. Sergeant Ryan DeMarco catches the case, and despite being conflicted (he and Huston are acquaintances) hunts Huston with a lone wolf ferocity akin to a Harry Bosch investigation.

What looks to be a straightforward game of cat and mouse evolves to anything but, as Huston's guilt turns questionable as the case unfolds. 

Two Days Gone is the first book to feature Ryan DeMarco, which was surprising as the book reads like a 'second of' in a series. There's a couple of reasons for this; firstly, DeMarco's estranged relationship with his wife, there's a lot of history there - we see her in back-story glimpses as a loving wife cut down by tragedy only to find comfort in the arms of strangers, and DeMarco's stalker like fascination with her, watching her ever conquest from afar. Secondly, there's a character introduced later in the novel in which a past discretion led them to having already met DeMarco, I had assumed there was an early story fleshing out this but there isn't. Then there's DeMarco's demoted position in the police force and playful banter with his superiors leading to a feeling of pre-existing stories having already established how we got to this point in DeMarco's colorful and complex life. 

So what does this mean for the reader? Well, it feels like you're dropped into the middle of things and left to piece together DeMarco's back-story through these little look-in's spattered throughout the book. This is OK, but with the back-story proving to be so interesting the plot of the murder investigation reads secondary. 

Despite the above mentioned, Two Days Gone is a very good read. The characters are well developed and the pacing is perfect. I particularly liked the use of short sharp chapters, providing bite sized pieces of crime fiction which really wet the appetite for more. Even though I thought I knew how the book would end I found myself eagerly reading to see if I was right - I wasn't, which made it all the more enjoyable. 

3.5 / 5.   

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