Monday, September 19, 2016

A Test of Wills

Title: A Test of Wills

Author: Charles Todd [Website][Facebook] aka Charles Todd and Caroline Todd

Publisher: Harper

Series: Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery, Bk 1

ISBN: 9780062091611

Length: 305 pages + "Questions for Discussion"

Obtained: Library book club book

Why this book?:

Chosen for a book club I'm in, mystery


Because of my own family, the first thing that really struck me about this book was Ian's issues.  The origin may be different, PTSD rather than another type of mental illness, but I'm still not used to having protagonists who has auditory hallucinations.

Beyond that, though, we have a mystery that no one wishes to speak of or help solve.  Why smear the reputation of their small village?  Why not just have the murderer taken away and be done with it?  The majority of characters were burying their heads in the sand, and when Ian Rutledge kept jostling them from the comfort of denial, they responded with obstinate silence and the least cooperation they could manage.

It was very frustrating, because the end result meant going in circles.  In any case, I did not guess who the murderer was.  In fact, the suspense had built to such a point that I zipped right through certain events and with a "Wait. What?!?" had to backtrack and reread to follow what had just occurred.

I'm interested reading more of the series, though I don't know when I'll get to them.

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