Sunday, October 27, 2019

A Small Town by Thomas Perry

A SMALL TOWN wasn't really the book I was expecting. I guess I was hoping for a tautly written mystery, and not what it actually seemed to be: a moderately fast-paced airport thriller, to be read in a single sitting before being donated. In A SMALL TOWN, a small town (lol) in Colorado is brutally attacked and destroyed following an intensely planned prison break.

Wanting revenge, and furious by the lack of justice served out by the cops, the mayor of the town hires an ex-police officer named Leah to hunt all these men down and kill them, Kill Bill style. Which she does, happily, because all of these guys are truly awful and it really is sickening that they got away with their crimes. The first couple are easy, but when the surviving men learn that someone is hunting them, they start to make plans of their own.

As I said, I guess I was hoping for something a little more mysterious. It's clear from the obvious start who the bad guys are, and even when Leah's tracking them and on her way to kill them, there isn't a whole lot of suspense. Leah is personally invested in the murders because they killed one of her lovers, but that emotion doesn't really make it off the page. You could argue that Leah is cold because she has to be as a cop, but I felt like more work could have been done with her character to make the reader more invested in her survival.

Definitely not a bad book, but also not my favorite by any means.

Thanks to the publisher for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review!  

2.5 out of 5 stars

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