I enjoy reading suspense and mystery books, but oddly I don’t read them often enough.
So I was delighted when I started reading Local Poet by Paul Trembling. This story takes place in England and tells the story of Rob Seaton, a delivery driver whose life is changed forever when, on a rainy day, Laney Grey calmly steps in front of his truck. He hits and kills her, and his life will never be the same.
Rob quickly discovers that Laney is a local poet with a faithful following. Rob, who doesn’t read for enjoyment, soon finds himself downloading Laney’s poems and trying to learn more about her.
Meanwhile, though the police had found him innocent in Laney’s death, Rob finds himself under police scrutiny. There are police officers monitoring his house undercover, and his name and address are leaked to the press. Luckily, Rob has a police officer, June, sympathetic to his cause.
June meets Rob in an out of the way location and gives him the details of Laney’s case. This information sends Rob on his own investigation–one that could end his life as he discovers it was no accident that Laney stepped out in front of his vehicle. Now Rob’s very life is in danger.
This book is a quick read at only 150 pages, but it kept my interest from the beginning. It’s been awhile since I’ve read a mystery book, and this one renewed my love for this genre. I really enjoyed that initially Laney looked like one type of person, but things aren’t always as they seem. Rob discovers Laney was much different than he initially thought. If you enjoy mystery books, you’ll likely enjoy this one.
I give this book 5 out of 5 stars on the Mom’s Plans’ scale.
Note: I received this book from Kregel Publications in routine for my honest review. All opinions are my own.