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Tuesday, October 13, 2020

The Barn by Sharon Dean

  • Published: July 3, 2020, by Encircle Publications
  • Genre: Mystery, Sleuth
  • Edition: Kindle
  • Pages: 212
  • Rating: 3 stars

A barn with a wooden cow’s head peeking out of the loft…
Two girls bicycling on a September day in 1990…
The friend they find dead in the barn…

For the next thirty years, the case of Joseph Wheeler’s murder lies as cold as a New Hampshire winter. Deborah Strong has settled in the town she grew up in, learning to heal after her friend’s murder, and later, the deaths of her husband and child in an automobile accident. When her former best friend Rachel Cummings returns home for the funeral of Joseph’s mother, the precarious peace Deborah has found as the town’s librarian is threatened.

Against the backdrop of the beautiful but cold New Hampshire landscape in January, Deborah and Rachel reopen the cold case of their murdered friend and uncover secrets about their neighbors that have festered for thirty years, as they often do in small towns.

The synopsis of this title hooked me right away and I couldn't wait to sit down and give this one a read! I must say that the novel started out strong; the author gives a flashback of Wheeler's murder before transporting readers to the present with Rachel returning to town and deciding to help find justice for Joseph alongside Deborah.

The novel's storyline was a bit of a slow-burn, in my opinion, but maintained a consistent pace of events that kept me turning the pages as I was engaged in finding out who was the true culprit all those years ago. I must say, I found myself quite surprised by who was revealed as the real murderer.

Despite not being fond of slow-burns, this was overall an enjoyable read. I also wish the author had provided more information for the killer's actions that night and what led up to the events that transpired.

*I'd like to thank Sharon Dean for providing me a free copy of her book in exchange for an honest review.*


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