Adam Chase doubted that his family had recovered from his murder arrest and the trial that eventually set him free. After all, the key witness was his stepmother who called the police and identified Adam as the man covered in blood that she spotted outside her window on the night of the murder. As far as he knew, almost everyone in the county still considered him to be a murderer, including his own father who chose to believe his wife’s testimony over the word of his son. Adam was right about the townspeople, but things were much more complicated than he expected.
Danny Faith, Adam’s lone reason for returning to
Down River is a book about choices, both those made and those avoided, and the results of those decisions on the ones forced to choose and on those who love them. It is a book about the Chase family, one of the most dysfunctional ones imaginable, a family short on forgiveness and filled with the kind of anger that might outlive them all. If the family is to survive, someone has to bend but no one wants to be the one to give in first. John Hart has created a southern gothic world in which sudden violence and anger are commonplace, the perfect setting for a family that seems more than willing to destroy itself out of sheer stubbornness. There are few shiny white knights in this story where everyone seems to have a secret to hide and a good reason for wanting to keep the truth hidden forever. But after the first domino falls, it becomes only a question of who will be left standing when it is all over.
This is John Hart’s second novel, a nice follow-up to his 2006 Edgar nominated debut novel, The King of Lies.
Rated at: 4.0