Published by Thomas & Mercer on January 1st 1970
Genres: Adult, Suspense, Thriller, Mystery
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Dean Hudson didn’t look evil…so what could drive an ordinary boy to kill?
When the teenage son of Holly Gold’s school friend brutally murders his parents before killing himself, her sleepy home town is rocked by the sudden tragedy.
Appalled, Holly investigates. What could have caused the happy-go-lucky boy she remembers to commit such a heinous crime? When another teen commits suicide, she uncovers a horrifying link between the recent deaths and a dark conspiracy to hide the truth.
But someone doesn’t want Holly asking questions and, as she hunts for evidence to prove her theory, she’s dragged into a nightmare that threatens her life and her sanity. Then tragedy strikes again—and this time it’s closer to home…
I haven’t read very many conspiracy theory type books, I really don’t think I have ever read one like this now that I really think of it. They were mostly steampunk or historical ones. This however, is a pharmaceutical conspiracy theory, with murders, unexplained suicides and full of suspense.
Holly has returned to her home town of Ashfield, but she has returned to a horrible tradegy. Her childhood friend and her husband were killed by their son, and he has killed himself as well. But, why? What made this boy do something so horrific. The more Holly searches for answers, the deeper she finds herself in the middle of something she never dreamed. Things become more dangerous, not only for her but everyone around her.
I liked Holly, she seemed to fairly down to earth and reasonable. Unlike the other reporter that just wanted to make a name for himself. Holly’s determination to uncovers what was going on was admirable, but she did put herself in some trouble that probably could have been avoided, but I guess that reporter part of that took over. I also think that Holly was carry guilt with her about not keeping in touch with her friend Jess and the helped to drive her even more. Jess’s Mom was so amazing. I love that she never stopped loving her grandson no matter what other said about him. There were quite a few other characters that played major roles, but I’m not going to go into who they are, I think that would give too much away. But I will say, I could not stand her brother Miles at all and we’ll just leave off there.
From the start this will hook you, wanting to know what exactly is going on. What role does the pharmaceutical company play in all of this? In the suicides, the murders? Are they really covering up something? Hodge did some serious research for this book, and it really makes you stop and think about just how often these types of cover ups for these types of medicines might happen. It’s a frightening thought. While I did appreciate all information about the drug companies, I felt that it was a lot to take in and maybe took away from the story itself of Holly finding out the truth.
Overall, I enjoyed this, the suspense kept me turning the pages, and had me on edge waiting for answers. I will be on the look out for more books from Hodge for sure.