Synopsis: Danny Pine is serving a life sentence for the murder of his teenage girlfriend, Charlotte. His family, except for his brother, Matt, believe strenuously in his innocence. A documentary on the murder brought to light issues with how the police interrogated Danny and although the Supreme Court has refused his appeal, work continues to try to overturn the conviction. Spring break arrives and the Pines head to Tulum, Mexico. Matt Pine is a NYU student and his spring break does not align with his siblings so he stays behind at school in New York. A few days later, the FBI contact Matt to advise him that his family have been found dead in their rental accommodation and while the Mexican authorities are claiming a gas leak as the cause, the FBI agent has doubts. Matt returns to his hometown in Nebraska to bury his family, along with the FBI agent in charge of the case and together they get to the truth of not only what happened to Matt’s family in Mexico but also the truth about Danny.
My thoughts: The story is told through the different character’s points of view and alternates between the past and the present day in a very effective manner. I wouldn’t call this book a thriller but it is definitely a suspense with lots of twists and turns. When I wasn’t reading, I was thinking about when I could get back to my book to continue with the story. If you are in the mood for a suspenseful read, I highly recommend this book. This is a debut novel for this author and I look forward to more books from him in the future.
Thank you to Netgalley and St. Martin’s Press for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.