Happy Wednesday! Today I have a review of Fallen Mountains, a beautifully written literary thriller by debut author, Kimi Cunningham Grant available from Amberjack Publishing on March 5, 2019!
Wow, Fallen Mountains blew me away! If you are looking for standout in literary suspense, Fallen Mountains is IT.
Transom Schultz is missing. He has just returned to his home town of Fallen Mountains, Pennsylvania, a quiet, atmospheric place, when he disappears. And Transom has some giant secrets.
Red is the sheriff in Fallen Mountains, and he has his share of secrets, too. He’s worried Transom’s disappearance is related to a crime he committed years ago…One Red helped him cover-up.
Who are the possible culprits in Transom’s disappearance? Possum was the victim of that long ago crime, and he wants revenge. Laney was somehow involved, and she’s desperate to keep Transom quiet. Chase used to be Transom’s best friend, but he has hard feelings over how Transom bought and mistreated his family’s farm.
Red is searching for Transom, but will he find him?
Kimi Cunningham Grant has a work of wonder right here. It has all my favorite storytelling elements, which is unusual in suspense. I loved the characterization, especially for Red. He is flawed and unforgettable; they all are really. The emotional connection between the characters is palpable and raw. The pacing and flow of the writing are both exceptional.
Overall, this is an atmospheric, well-written story centered on vivid characters with a backdrop of an intriguing mystery. I loved it!
Thanks to the author for the complimentary copy. All opinions are my own.
*Image is of an ARC copy. Finished copies have a beautiful cover fitting this atmospheric read.
“An intense and engaging portrait of characters driven by—and bound by—the secrets of their pasts . . . an absorbing mystery as well as a gracefully layered story of death and loss in a small town.” —Allen Eskens, USA Today bestselling author of The Life We Bury and The Shadows We Hide
When Transom Shultz goes missing shortly after returning to his sleepy hometown of Fallen Mountains, Pennsylvania, his secrets are not the only ones that threaten to emerge. Red, the sheriff, is haunted by the possibility that a crime Transom was involved in seventeen years earlier—a crime Red secretly helped cover up—may somehow be linked to his disappearance. Possum, the victim of that crime, wants revenge. Laney will do anything to keep Transom quiet about the careless mistake they made that could jeopardize her budding relationship. And Chase, once a close friend, reels from Transom’s betrayal of buying his family’s farm under false pretenses and ruthlessly logging it and leasing the mineral rights to Marcellus shale frackers. As the search for Transom Shultz heats up and the inhabitants’ dark and tangled histories unfold, each one must decide whether to live under the brutal weight of the past or try to move beyond it.
Have you read Fallen Mountains, or is it on your TBR? Happy Reading! ~ Jennifer THR