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    Terrific thriller

    Some authors write books that leave you completely satisfied when you are done reading and eagerly awaiting their next book, whatever the subject. Brendan Duffy is one of those authors. Duffy’s previous book, House of Echoes, was published about three years ago, so the details weren’t that fresh in my mind. But as soon as I saw his name as the author of The Storm King, I knew I wanted to have it as soon as it was released, and I knew I would once again finish with that satisfied feeling. You know when you turn the final page it was time well spent. The Storm King is mesmerizing from beginning to end. After a body is discovered in Greystone Lake, Nate McHale returns to the hometown he left fourteen years earlier. He is not comfortable there and the tension is palpable. No one is what they seem to be, or what they seemed to be all those years ago. He is estranged from his friends, his old enemies are still around, strangers seem to present danger, and a massive hurricane that almost feels like a character in itself is coming. The story jumps around in time but makes perfect sense. The suspense builds until you can’t turn the pages fast enough. I highly recommend that you read The Storm King, go back and read House of Echoes, and put Brendan Duffy on your automatic pre-order list. (Note this review was unsolicited; I did not receive a complimentary copy of the book.)
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    Had a great time watching everything come together

    I thought that this was a rather interesting book. I have had this one in my review pile for some time but hadn't yet worked it into my reading schedule for one reason or another. I decided to grab the audio and give it a try. I was initially drawn to the book by its description and the mysterious cover. I did enjoy the story and am glad that I finally had the chance to read it. Nate is at the center of this story and while I liked his character, I was never quite sure if he should be trusted. We see Nate as both a teenager and an adult. As an adult, Nate is a pediatric oncologist and a husband and father. His life seems very upstanding but as I worked my way through the book, it seemed that he had a few things that he might be hiding. As a child, Nate's family were in an accident at the lake which left his parents and sibling dead. He grew up with his grandmother after the accident and grew close to a group of friends which included his girlfriend, Lucy Bennett. This was one of those books that the more you read the more connected the events in the story seemed to become. Everything seemed to be tied together in one way or another. As an adult, Nate returns to town when Lucy's remains are found and events from the past are brought to the forefront. The story did keep me guessing and I was never quite sure which direction things might end up going. I really liked the way that the story was laid out giving the reader just enough of both the present and the past to really keep the story moving. I thought that Jon Lindstrom did a fantastic job with the narration. I believe that this was my first experience with this narration and I have no complaints at all. He did a wonderful job with all of the character voices and I thought that the dialogue flowed nicely. He had a very pleasant voice and I thought that he was able to bring a lot of excitement to the story. I wouldn't hesitate to listen to his work again in the future. I would recommend this book to others. I thought that this was a well-done mystery that kept me guessing until the very end. It was interesting to see how interconnected the events in the book were and how everything came together in the end. I look forward to reading more of Brendan Duffy. I received a digital review copy of this book from Random House - Ballantine Books via NetGalley and purchased a copy of the audiobook.

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