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This review is from: Dying to Tell (A Slaughter Creek Novel) (Kindle Edition)
Sadie Nettleton ran from her hometown of Slaughter Creek shortly after graduation, leaving behind the love of her life, her crazy sister, and a pack of dark secrets. Jake Blackwood had been the light of Sadie's life, but there was no way to explain why she helped cover up his father's death and buried him in secret before running away. She moves to Seattle and builds a life for herself, but gets drawn back to Slaughter Creek when she gets a phone call from one of her sister's alternate personalities, just before a gun goes off. Sadie's grandfather, Pawpaw, dies of the gunshot wound, and her sister Amelia is arrested.
Jake Blackwood is the sheriff of Slaughter Creek now, so he's the first person Sadie talks to about her grandfather's death. Amelia is moved to the mental hospital on the outskirts of town, and Sadie is left to figure out what happened on the day Pawpaw died. Did one of Amelia's alternate personalities kill him, or was someone else there? It's hard to talk to Amelia, since she's so often heavily sedated, and so likely to slip into one of her alternate personalities, and Sadie's own memories of the past aren't completely clear. Then other people in town who were patients at the mental hospital at the same time as Amelia start to die, and Jake and Sadie wonder what's really been going on there.
This is an excellent thriller that raises more and more questions as the story cruises toward the climax. The romance between Sadie and Jake takes a backseat to the intrigue, but still feels authentic. My only complaint is that the last three chapters need a do-over. What had been a tightly-woven thriller descends into melodrama and Sadie gets accosted and put in danger one or two times too many by the villains. One of the bad guys was obvious to me but completely overlooked by the characters, but I might have been more forgiving if the way it was revealed would have been done a lot better. As it was, it felt as if the book had to be finished in a hurry to meet a deadline, and the quality suffered at the end. This was a small detraction from an otherwise gripping suspense, however, and I had a hard time putting this book down.