Blurb: Boise Montague’s life in Los Angeles has fallen apart. After his wife dies, he returns to the tiny island where he grew up.
Unfortunately, coming home doesn’t bring him the peace he’s looking for. Things have changed drastically since his last visit. The island has moved on and so have the people he once knew. When Boise tries to find the one friend he thinks he can count on to be there for him, he’s confronted with another death. A murder. A murder that the police did not think important enough to investigate thoroughly. Boise wants answers. He enlists a local reporter named Dana, who has theories of her own, to help him dig deeper. With not much left to lose, a bone to pick with the justice system, and a relentless partner, Boise sets out to do what the police would not: solve the murder of Jeffrey Black.
The island of St. Thomas is a gleaming tropical paradise. Welcome to the Caribbean, where murder is as common as sunshine.
My Review: One of the goals I had with this blog was to open up my reading, try new authors and new locations and this book ticks both of those. The blurb intrigued me and having watched Death in Paradise I was, naively, expecting something similar. What I got was quite different.
This book does not shy away from giving you a more rounded picture of a Caribbean island, it’s not all palm trees and sunshine. The story deals with the other side of these islands, it highlights the poverty and impact that loss of business (for example) can have on a small community.
I found the story written in a slightly different style from what I’m used to and there was a level of humour in the book that I didn’t always get. This is nothing new, I’ve noticed this before. But because I missed that I feel I missed an extra layer to what was a very good story. That’s not a criticism of the writing or the author, it’s just an explanation for why I’m not sounding more enthusiastic about this book. It’s a really good story as I’ve said, with lots of depth and a good sense of place. I got a really good feel for the characters and found overall, the story to be a page turner. I wanted to know what happened next and whether Boise would find the peace he was looking for.
If you want a really solid read, set somewhere different from your usual books then this is an excellent choice.
About the author:
Gene Desrochers hails from a dot in the Caribbean Sea called St. Thomas. He grew up with minimal supervision and free-roaming animals in a guesthouse that also served as a hospital during wartime. He has spent his life steadily migrating west, and now finds himself in Los Angeles with a beautiful wife, cats, and kids. After a lifetime of writing and telling short stories, he ventured into the deep end, publishing his first novel, Dark Paradise in 2018. If you ask, he will regale you with his Caribbean accent and tennis prowess.
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