One of Us Book Review

One of Us Book Review

Title: One of Us
Author: Tawni O'Dell
Published: 2014, Simon & Schuster
No. of Pages: 295
Cover Price: $26.00 (Hardcover); $16.00 (Paperback); $11.04 (Kindle Edition) US

Tawni O'Dell's novel, One of Us, is the fascinating story of Dr. Sheridan Doyle who returns after many years to the small mining town of Lost Creek where he grew up, to visit his ailing grandfather. While there, he discovers a body near the town's infamous gallows which had been built years ago to execute several miners who were supposedly involved in crimes against the mining bosses. Doyle, who suffered abuse from his father during his childhood, as well as the stigma of his mentally-ill mother serving time in prison for killing his baby sister, becomes involved in examining some unsolved mysteries from his childhood. As murders are committed, the suspense builds, and several characters are put in eminent danger.

O'Dell is an excellent storyteller, and this novel is difficult to put down. Lost Creek is so vividly described, that readers will feel that they are actually there. O'Dell makes the characters seem real, and the twists and turns in the story will keep readers on the edge of their seats. Although this is fiction, the scenarios in this small mining town are very similar to what historically really happened in the early mines; O'Dell makes the novel believable. Not only does the suspense build as parts of the past are exposed, readers will be guessing about what is really the truth to the very end of the novel. All told, this is an excellent thriller and one that is highly recommended.

Special Thanks to Stephanie DeLuca of Simon & Schuster for supplying a review copy of this book.

This book may be purchased at Amazon: One of Us (Hardcover)
One of Us (Paperback)
One of Us (Kindle Edition)

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