Here we write what attracted us to the book…The cover is gorgeous, the blurb intriguing…however a free, new Josh Lanyon, pre release…what is not attractive here?
Author: Josh Lanyon
Publisher: CARINA PRESS
My Rating: 5 of 5 stars
From the Publisher
Twenty years ago, little Brian Arlington was kidnapped from his family’s Long Island estate and was never seen again. The trail went cold, but investigative journalist Griff Hadley has always thought there was more to the story–much more. When the Arlingtons’ patriarch invites him to stay at their estate to research his true crime book, Griff can’t say no. It’s the story of a lifetime.
But not everyone is happy about Griff’s presence. Relatives and staff alike regard him coldly, including Pierce Mather, the Arlingtons’ attractive lawyer, who is more than a little wary of Griff’s motives.
When a stranger shows up claiming to be the long-lost Brian, Griff and Pierce are united in their suspicions. Startled to have found an ally in the buttoned-up lawyer, Griff soon realizes it’s hard to keep a professional distance. Even in the midst of a ground breaking investigation, even in the face of a shocking family secret..
Shockingly, I had only read two of Josh Lanyon’s novels, until Stranger on the Shore. The two I had read were so totally different from each other that I didn’t know quite what to expect from his latest release. This novel showed me why Josh Lanyon is so respected as an author and why his titles sell so well. Here we have an elegant mystery… a crime reporter obsessed with The Great Gatsby, comes to research his first book concerning a twenty year old case, the kidnapping and disappearance of four year old Brian Arlington.
The Arlington family are very wealthy and influential and before this have stopped all attempts to write about their family tragedy. Their main protection comes in the guise of the handsome Pierce Mather, the family’s lawyer. Pierce is intimately connected with the family and cares about them very much. His allegiances become stretched when Griff, the reporter, arrives in their midst. Like any family the Arlingtons have their squabbles and secrets. Griff must dig into these if he is to write a decent book and maybe, however far fetched, maybe solve a twenty year old mystery.
I will not go any further into the plot, as I was thrilled that I only guessed one of the secrets, and then quite far into reading this story. I don’t wish any new reader to get any clues from me and find a wonderful read ruined.
Josh Lanyon uses elegant prose to guide the reader in the direction he wishes them to explore, a wonderful example of this below,
…the house stood before him, lights blazing in welcome. Of course, it wasn’t actually in welcome. It was in complete disregard for natural resources and indifference to utility bills.
in a couple of lines the author sums up the dichtomy of Griff’s feelings towards the wealthy and the Arlingtons in particular.He further thrilled this reader by comparing the Italian gardens of the Arlington’s house to the ones at Hever Castle, which I visited many times when I was a child, as Anne Boleyn’s home is very close to where I grew up. Again pulled two ways, Griff describes the beautiful surroundings as,
Ridiculous, in a word. Ridiculous but undeniably beautiful
There is something of The Great Gatsby’s ‘Nick Carroway’ about Griff reporting on the wealthy, welcome but always on the periphery. I truly loved this novel, the relationship between Pierce and Griff is complex, believable and full of sexual tension. The mystery is involved and intriguing. I had one moment when I feared it was a written version of ‘Murder She Wrote’, but believe me that view changed totally. The elements for an enjoyable read are all here and the bar is then raised by some little poetic gems,
The stream chuckled over the rocks as it poured into the pool below, the only sound in the night.
the dichotomy is still there though as Griff remembers how alone he is at that moment and that he may be in danger. I just had to put one last one in this review, as Griff wakes up one morning on the Arlington’s estate,
Outside the windows, the climbing rose bushes threw pewter-colored silhouettes, sharply cut as old-fashioned valentines, against the white ceiling…
immediately following this thought he remembers something ‘very negative’ and the dichotomy is preserved.
Did I mention I loved this book…
I would like to thank Josh Lanyon and Carina Press for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.
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