My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Book Description on Amazon:
For fans of the Coen brothers’ films or for those who just love their thrillers with a dash of sharp humor—an engaging and offbeat story about a man driven to murder, who then buries the body in his backyard only to discover that there are two other shallow graves on his property.“There is very little peace for a man with a body buried in his backyard.”
With this memorable first line, we meet Jason Getty, a regular guy in every mild sense of the word. But extraordinary circumstances push this ordinary man to do something he can’t undo...and now he must live with the undeniable reality of his actions. And just as Jason does finally learn to live with it, a landscaper discovers a body on his property—only it’s not the body Jason buried.
As Jason’s fragile peace begins to unravel, his life is hitched to the fortunes of several strangers: Leah, an abandoned woman looking for answers to her heartbreak; Tim, a small-town detective just doing his job; and Boyd, a fringe-dweller whose past is about to catch up to him—all of them in the wake and shadow of a dead man who had it coming.
With the tense pacing of a thriller and the language and beauty of a fine literary novel, Three Graves Full heralds the arrival of a stunning new voice in fiction.
Three Graves Full is one of the best new psychological thrillers. It is hard to believe this is a debut novel for the author is quite comfortable in their writing. The story flows smoothly, and it twists around a path to a final destination that you wouldn't expect. I saw it going one way, but I was surprised. The inner workings of Jason's mind are fascinating. His feelings were portrayed so well I could almost excuse his murdering Harris and putting him in the back yard. He was such a sorry little fellow. I am sure that he never considered there could be other bodies buried there that may lead to trouble when he buried one. I mean, who does that, besides him? Watching as he tried to work his way out of his predicament is darkly entertaining. When the landscapers find two other bodies, you assume the third will also be found and Jason's jig will be up. The author spins around that little hitch. When Jason decides to dig up the body he buried and get rid of it before it is found, you also assume that will be his demise. Some how the author makes it work and weaves his fate in a different colored cloth. Jason turns out more like the man he murdered, the characteristics he looked up to anyway.
I highly recommend you read this satisfying murder mystery. It is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat.
I was given a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review.
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