14 February 2017

Today's Read: Two Days Gone by Randall Silvis

Two Days Gone by Randall SilvisImagine how you'd feel if you learned that the family of a friend of yours had been brutally murdered. What if that friend, a man you admired, was nowhere to be found? Now go one more step: You're one of the state police investigators responsible for solving this crime. Sergeant Ryan DeMarco of northwest Pennsylvania, is in just that uncomfortable situation.

The waters of Lake Wilhelm are dark and chilled. In some places the lake is deep enough to swallow a house. In others, a body could lie just beneath the surface, tangled in the morass of weeds and water plants, and remain unseen, just another shadowy form, a captive feast for the catfish and crappie and the monster bass that will nibble away at it until the bones fall asunder and bury themselves in the silty floor.
Two Days Gone by Randall Silvis (Sourcebooks Landmark, 2017, p. 3 [ARC])

Quick Facts
  • Setting: Contemporary times; northwest Pennsylvania
  • Circumstances: The family of a respected professor and novelist has been brutally murdered, and the man, Tom Huston, has disappeared. Is he afraid for his own life, or is he the prime suspect? State Sergeant Ryan DeMarco, can't believe his friend is guilty, but the more he investigates, the more unsure he becomes, especially after he discovers the unfinished manuscript of Tom's latest novel. What is Tom hiding? And will the killer strike again?
  • Genre: thriller, suspense, mystery
  • Themes: family secrets, friendship, grief, loss
  • Characters: Tom Huston, author and professor, who has just lost his entire family; Ryan DeMarco, dealing with personal grief as well as troubles at work; Kyle Bowen, who works with Ryan; Bonnie Harris and Danni Reynolds, who met Tom at a strip club; various people on campus and in town
  • Why I want to read this: This book has several features that call to me: it takes place in Pennsylvania (although not near where I live), it involves a college professor, and it's the start of a new series. In addition, from reviews, I am gathering that Ryan DeMarco is a flawed and troubled man, though good at his job.
  • What I've learned from reviews: This is an intense read, and the crime itself is fairly graphic (not for the squeamish). The novel deals with some tough issues beyond the murder, the story is told from more than one viewpoint, and the characters are well developed. Although all the reviews I read were generally positive, a few people mentioned that the end was not as strong as they would have liked.
  • My thoughts: After reading the first couple chapters, I think I'm going to add this to my reading rotation. I'm curious and would like to come to my own conclusions about the strength of the ending.

21 comments:

Stephen P. Bianchini 2/14/17, 6:19 AM  

Quite interesting start, I liked it. Thanks for sharing.
Here's my TT of the week: http://earthianhivemind.net/2017/02/14/teaser-tuesday-14-february/

sjhigbee 2/14/17, 7:28 AM  

Wow... I can see why you'd want to read this if you are into creepy murder mysteries. The writing certainly packs a punch. Thank you for sharing it, Beth:)

Kay 2/14/17, 8:04 AM  

Yes, I'd keep reading and this one is on my list. I've read some good reviews of it too and some 'meh' ones. We shall see.

Laura Thomas 2/14/17, 8:27 AM  

I'd definitely read this one. I like the teaser and the writing pulls you right in.

My TT from Murder and Other Unnatural Disasters

Sherry Fundin 2/14/17, 8:33 AM  

This one's right up my alley.
sherry @ fundinmental My TT

bermudaonion 2/14/17, 8:43 AM  

I think I'd like this one!

Majanka Verstraete 2/14/17, 8:51 AM  

This looks like my kind of book. The cover is eerie, unsettling and very intriguing. I hope you enjoy it!

My teaser for the week.

Laura 2/14/17, 9:11 AM  

It sets a chilling mood. Good teaser. Here's My Teaser

Nise' 2/14/17, 10:11 AM  

I would definitely start reading this book.

Kathy Martin 2/14/17, 10:51 AM  

Sounds intriguing. I'm adding it to my list. This week my teaser comes from I See You by Clare Mackintosh. Happy reading!

Vicki 2/14/17, 11:27 AM  

I think I would like this book!

Laurel-Rain Snow 2/14/17, 11:54 AM  

I am drawn in by the characters, the setting, and the murder themes. These are some of my favorite ingredients for an intense and riveting read.

Thanks for sharing, and for visiting my blog.

Margot 2/14/17, 12:03 PM  

That opening paragraph sounds intense, although a little gritty. I sense a very good mystery here. I like that its the start of a new series. I always like to get in at the beginning.

Literary Feline 2/14/17, 12:27 PM  

The opening you shared definitely set the scene for a sad situation. This sounds like a good mystery. I would like to read this one too after reading your notes on it. Thanks for sharing!

ChaosIsAFriendOfMine 2/14/17, 1:16 PM  

This sounds like a good one. I'm looking forward to hearing what you think of it once you've finished it.

Iliana 2/14/17, 5:35 PM  

I have this one on my Kindle and looking forward to it!

Catherine BookClubLibrarian 2/14/17, 6:24 PM  

The title and cover both call to me. Sounds like my kind of read.

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea 2/14/17, 6:33 PM  

Sounds like a decent winter reading choice.

Cleo Bannister 2/15/17, 1:02 AM  

Yes I think that opening sets, maybe not the scene, but the atmosphere incredibly well. I'd keep reading.

Daryl 2/15/17, 9:23 AM  

i think i will wait to hear what you think when you're done

Anita LeBeau 2/24/17, 9:31 AM  

I got a great e book price on this and look forward to reading it.

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