"Black River Falls" is one of those books you hate to admit that you enjoyed, but it is to Ed Gorman's credit that this leisurely-placed dark story works so well.
We meet Ben Tyler, an average looking "nerd" who finds himself falling in love with the mysterious Allison. Allison has her own sordid past, in that a roommate of hers was brutally murdered the year previously. Ben doesn't know this of course. Ben has a loving mother, who is a veterinarian, and a charming, handsome older brother, Michael, who wows the women, including one Denise Fletcher, a married woman whose husband is maniacally jealous. Enter David Weyrich, a seasoned PI, who is looking for one Steve Conners, who he is sure killed Allison's roommate, and just happens to be a good friend of none other than Michael Tyler.
Gorman gives us some very touching scenes, including one in which Ben has to help his mother put his feline-leukemia afflicted kitten to sleep. This is poignant and rare in a book of this nature.
Of course, there are now shocking surprises, once we find out the truth about Steve and Michael; from then on, it's a cat and mouse game, with the evil villain doing his best to silence those who could give away his dreaded secret.
Gorman presents a strong case of inherited traits, in that the killer may have inherited his traits from his murderous grandfather.
All in all, the story has some great moments, and even though our beloved heroine bites the dust, Ben's revenge, along with the just desserts for Allison's killer keep the plot moving.
A nice, sneaky thriller.