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. (Goodreads)
The author is very talented in revealing details and descriptions with her written word. I thought the description of the setting, an old coal mining town, was very good. At times I felt like I was right there, watching all the activities going on around me. I could feel the despair of the town’s people and the tough life that many of them had. Most of the time I thought this detailing was a good thing but after a while, some of the details just weighed the book down. I really did not need to read a complete description of outfits that are worn, down to the smallest details. it got to be too much for me and I started skimming some of this detail. This is only my opinion and other readers may enjoy that much detail.
The characters are well developed and well rounded. Many of them had some severe psychological problems, including the main character, Danny. It is no wonder because he is carrying around some very heavy baggage from his past. The book was rather dark and at times I felt it was rather depressing. But in reality, some people’s lives are dark and depressing, and not everyone lives in a happily-ever-after world.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a psychological suspense book.
I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review. I would like to thank NetGalley and Gallery books for the opportunity to read and review this book.