By AF on December 19, 2016
Format: Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is the second book I’ve read by Newton and like the first (View from the Sixth Floor: An Oswald Tale), it did not disappoint. Riddle is the story of Kort, an outcast even among outcasts and Grace, a young lady running from a hurt-filled past. A chance meeting at a small town diner kicks off the fireworks of this story. The couple moves tenuously toward a friendship, then onto a romantic relationship as the plot thickens around who killed Kort’s high school sweetheart and who is now trying to kill Grace. In the end, the killer’s identity is revealed but missed clues direct the police, Kort and Grace to the wrong person. The true killer remains free, while Kort and Grace enjoy a happy, promising future together. Or, do they?
Hmmmmm…sounds like a sequel is to follow, and I would be first in line to read it. Newton is adept at creating large characters in small settings. She is very thorough (and fair with the clues for those who like to figure out the identity of the killer before the end) in laying out the mystery of her books. She is especially skilled in planting details (sub-plots) designed to interest yet throw off the reader. In the case of this book, she does this by creating interesting pasts for Kort and Grace and by piling on present-day work, financial and love challenges. Newton even throws in social commentary on the issue of the forced adoption of native American Indian children. The pacing for this book was steady; the minor characters well defined; and the romance steamy. If you enjoy reading well written stories that include romance, mystery and social issues, Riddle is the ticket. Happy reading!