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Reviewed by Meghan Hyden

“Everyone is capable of murder.  The urge to kill can infect anyone, at any time.  Murderers may be the least likely people, their prey the least likely targets and their killing grounds the least likely crime scenes imaginable.”

The cover of this book caught my attention (simplistic, yet with a mysterious, almost creepy, feel to it), as did the author (I have heard some really great things about Tom Savage), so when I was scrolling through the list of books up for review, I had to stop and find out more.

Fifty years ago, two young friends, who were teenagers at the time, committed a heinous murder–killing all four of their parents and a housekeeper.  They were found guilty and, after getting out of prison, pretty much disappeared from the public eye.

Karen Taylor, a reporter, has the opportunity at the story of her career, meeting up with a mysterious man (she believes he is one of the murderers) who is willing to give her an exclusive, responding to the unanswered questions that have plagued so many minds since the murders happened. To do this, she must meet him at the crime scene–on the island of St Thomas in the Caribbean.

This was a really great read and one that I finished in one sitting. The characters were well written, the story very interesting and the twists and turns made it impossible for me to put down.

One of the things I like most about the book is HOW the story is told. It is not Karen writing the book, but James O’Brien, her boyfriend (who is also an author) trying to tell Karen’s story. He uses journal entries (her’s and one of the murderers’), as well as excerpts from books and articles written on the event, to help tell the full story of not only what happened 50 years ago, but also what happened when Karen decided to take that trip alone to St Thomas.

If you are a fan of mystery and suspense, especially when it comes to murder, this is definitely a book you should add to your TBR list. I really enjoyed it and plan to take a look at some more of Tom’s books.

Rating: ★★★★★ 

You can find Meghan (that’s Meghan spelled the right way) over on her book-ish blog The Gal in the Blue Mask. She’s an avid reader, a book editor, a story teller, a purveyor of delectable fare and pulchritudinous confections, and the best aunt in the world. She loves gardening, hiking, cooking and spending time at the zoo, library and museums. She may not be able to find her wallet, car keys or sunglasses, but she always knows where her Kindle is.

Review and giveaway copies were provided by Random House. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.

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