One of Us

Posted November 17, 2014 by The Book & Alcohol Girls in Book Reviews, Review to Come / 0 Comments

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Published by Gallery Books Genres: Mystery & Detective
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Tawni O'Dell
Gallery Books

Dr. Sheridan Doyle, a fastidiously groomed and TV-friendly forensic psychologist, is the go-to shrink for the Philadelphia District Attorney's office whenever a twisted killer's mind eludes other experts. But beneath his Armani pinstripes, he's still Danny Doyle, the awkward, terrified, bullied boy from a blue-collar mining family, plagued by panic attacks and haunted by the tragic death of his little sister and mental unraveling of his mother years ago.

Returning to a hometown grappling with its own ghosts, Danny finds a dead body at the infamous Lost Creek gallows where a band of rebellious Irish miners was once executed. Strangely, the body is connected to the wealthy family responsible for the miners' deaths. Teaming up with veteran detective Rafe, a father-like figure from his youth, Danny, in pursuit of a killer, comes dangerously close to startling truths about his family, his past, and himself.

“I’ve never had any desire to be loved. I prefer being feared. It gets the same results but without any hugging.”

Danny Doyle is a forensic psychologist who left his childhood home without looking back. His childhood was a nightmare between home and school and the only goodness he knew was his grandfather. Now, out in the world, he is a famous forensic psychologist who is sought out as an expert from court system to television. When he receives the call telling him that he his grandfather is ill, it is finally time to go home.

Danny walks with a lot more swagger when he crosses the town boarders and he quickly discovers that time has stood still in this small mining town. When Danny is discovers a body, he is wrapped up in the mystery surrounding it.

This book is brilliantly written. I was blown away by the descriptions and world building. I was hooked in the first chapter and the story just kept getting better.  The pace was perfect. I was never bored, I was never lost, and I just wanted more.

The mystery in this book is more about the secrets that unfold than the murder. Danny learns more about himself and the world he thought he knew than he does the killer. The killer’s identity isn’t so much the mystery at all, in fact. It’s watching Danny solve the crime that is so enthralling. And watching him do that as he slowly regresses from the “It” boy of his industry and a celebrity of sorts, back into the bullied and abused boy he once was.

I read this book quickly and enjoyed every moment. This was my first Tawni O’Dell, but it will not be my last.

I give this book 4.5 stars and pair it with Jameson in tribute the small community chalked full of Irish history and even more secrets.

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