Wednesday, February 11, 2015

The Long and Faraway Gone

Wow, I've read a lot of good books so far this year.  The Long and Faraway Gone by Lou Berney did not disappoint.  I flew through this book over the course of the weekend.  It hooked me right from the start, but I was the idiot who started it at 11:30 on a Friday night.  Why do I do that?

Goodreads: In the summer of 1986, two tragedies rocked Oklahoma City. Six movie-theater employees were killed in an armed robbery, while one inexplicably survived. Then, a teenage girl vanished from the annual State Fair. Neither crime was ever solved.

Twenty-five years later, the reverberations of those unsolved cases quietly echo through survivors’ lives. A private investigator in Vegas, Wyatt’s latest inquiry takes him back to a past he’s tried to escape—and drags him deeper into the harrowing mystery of the movie house robbery that left six of his friends dead.

Like Wyatt, Julianna struggles with the past—with the day her beautiful older sister Genevieve disappeared. When Julianna discovers that one of the original suspects has resurfaced, she’ll stop at nothing to find answers.

As fate brings these damaged souls together, their obsessive quests spark sexual currents neither can resist. But will their shared passion and obsession heal them, or push them closer to the edge? Even if they find the truth, will it help them understand what happened, that long and faraway gone summer? Will it set them free—or ultimately destroy them?

The book mostly switches between the perspective of Wyatt and Julianna and their present day issues with their past with occasional flashbacks to the summer of 1986 when both of their lives were forever changed.  I loved both characters but probably liked Wyatt a bit more.

Wyatt is a PI who has spent his adult life moving from one city to the next and quite the smooth talker.  He ends up back in his hometown of Oklahoma City for his job.  A client sends him to help Candace the new owner of a club who is being harassed.  Being back in the town pushes Wyatt to look into the robbery which left 6 of his coworkers dead.  He constantly wonders, why is he still here? Why him?

Julianna is a nurse and still desperately wants to know what happened to her sister who disappeared many years earlier, before cell phones and digital cameras when it made it easier to track a person.  She is close to the detective in charge of her sister's cold case and does some detecting over her own.

Only issues, were a few parts where the wrong character name was used and a mix up when one character said it was a weekend and then another called it a week night.

The mystery is good and keeps you on your toes.  I would like to say as a serial reader of mystery and suspense I had suspicions on how it was going to play out and besides one true surprise I was correct in my guesses.  I'd totally pick up another book by him again and recommend it!

I just can't express enough that this is a good book, greatly placed humor and you should read it. ;)

Do you ever wonder why certain things happen to you? Ever had your view of a past event or image of a friend completely changed? Dos you ever wonder how many missing person cases would be different with new technology?

I received this book from TLC Book Tours, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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