By S. Hines on May 25, 2016
Format: Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
My only complaint with Riddle is that it kept me up until 2 a.m. Thought I’d just dip into the first few pages to get the flavor of the story, but I was hooked. I HAD to know what would happen to Native American Kort Ericksen in the all-White town of Riddle when the convicted murderer returned from prison.
Kort’s homecoming is chilly. His adoptive mother treats him like a boarder. Only high school friends Norma, who wrote to him while he was “inside”; Chad, now owner of the construction company where Kort will work; and diner-owner Jack greet him with warmth. It’s at the diner where Kort meets Grace, a drifter marooned in Riddle until she can pay for car repairs. The two strike up a tentative friendship before Grace discovers Kort’s history. Then she’s solidly on his side, urging him to join her in a hunt for the real killer of his high school girlfriend.
This is dangerous work, made more dangerous by a rash of seemingly unconnected deaths near the town. As Kort and Grace dig into the past, old secrets emerge. One unexpected side effect of their search gives Kort a tantalizing lead on his Native American roots, which he’ll have to pursue after the body count stops rising.
Riddle has minor issues with formatting and the occasional character head-hop, but none of this detracted from the first-rate storytelling.
Read the book. You’re sure to enjoy it.