The Suicide House, by Charlie Donlea

22 May
suicide house charlie donlea

FIVE of 5 stars

Five stars for an extremely difficult-to-solve mystery, five stars for the return of Rory Moore, five stars for the return of another surprise character, five stars for always having a plethora of women both good and bad, weak and strong.

Charlie Donlea again goes back-and-forth in time to tell this story, and because we’re now in the Time of Corona, it was sometimes difficult for me to keep track of where we were. But the book should (in “normal times”) hold your complete attention, and if you can just read through in a few days you should have no difficulties. There’s a complicated, well-woven plot with a solid red herring thrown in, and no major holes that I noticed.

I love a great story, a gruesome murder, and interesting characters, but I *really* love the game of guessing Who Done It. In this book I was so sure I had guessed the twist, I was SO SURE I had at least narrowed it down to two characters… I mean I was POSITIVE I had figured it out early… but nope, the rug was pulled out from under me again and Charlie Donlea surprised me with a very creepy, terrifying culprit. And Donlea avoids the “Culprit confesses all at the end” by just stirring the confession into the story from the beginning. Splendid!!

If you’ve never read a Charlie Donlea book, know that even with reappearing characters each book stands on its own and can be read in any order. A special thanks to Netgalley and Kensington Publishers for the ARC in exchange for an honest review. I’ve honestly given 5 stars to all but one of Charlie Donlea’s books, and I look forward anxiously for his next one!!

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