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Susan Clayton-Goldner has done it again – crafted a spell-binding mystery that will keep you guessing all the way through. I love how the cases from the small Oregon town seem to connect just ever-so-slightly with one another.
Rishima Reynolds, whom Detective Radhauser met in the previous book as a victim in one of the series of hate crimes he was investigating, appears again. This time she is worried because her boyfriend, Parker Collins, didn’t show up for school again after his summer at a lakeside cottage belonging to his creative writing tutor at the college. He promised he would be back, and Rishima is sure he wouldn’t miss his first day of class, at least without telling her first. Radhauser visits the cottage, taking Parker’s teacher with him as there is no way he could find the cottage without her. They find signs of what may have been a fight and/or a party, but no sign of Parker. Radhauser talks to the other two full-time residents of the area but doesn’t find anything definite before the lake is enveloped in fog and darkness.
The next morning one of the residents, an older man, Homer Sullivan – his friends call him Sully – who befriended Parker over the summer goes out looking for the boy and finds a dead body.
Radhauser investigates thoroughly. There is no shortage of suspects or possible motives. Was it an accident, or suicide? They don’t think so. Could Parker have been murdered because his girlfriend was a transgender woman? Because he owed too much money to a bunch of thugs from his days of drinking and doing drugs? Because his parents thought he was going to reveal the truth about the accident that killed his sister in the novel he was writing?
This story was woven into a fabric that reveals a maze of dead ends and possible leads until the final gotcha. The main story of a young writer has a lot going for it. But the secondary story within it involves a trans-gender woman and what she has to go through to become her true self and the touching story of the two of them. It is a story of heartbreak, revelation, jealousy, and of course, murder. I read it in a few days, and didn't get much else done. I even had dreams about the story, trying to solve it before the end in my sleep. Read it.
I'm going through the entire Radhauser series and I must say that the author is very talented! Have loved every novel in the series so far. This last one I just finished, Lake of the dead, was suspenseful, had interesting characters & had me trying very hard not to cry in some parts. And I can't remember ever getting choked up reading a novel. Sully & Rodney made me chuckle at times. Yes, very well written.
I bought the first book in the series and liked it so much I bought the second one and on it goes. All the books keep your attention and you hate to put it down. With the pandemic going on, it makes for a lot of good book reading and this is an excellent series. I would and do recommend all of Susan Clayton-Goldner's books.
Again Susan has written an excellent worthwhile book in her Winston Radhauser Mystery series. Difficult to put down when started to read. Have been reading and reviewing her books from the very beginning and she continues to write great books that are thoroughly well written, interesting, and researched. I have enjoyed every one.
Rishima is a boy converting to a woman. Her best friend Parker Collins is at a teacher's cabin writing his novel. When Parker does not return when he said he would. He is missing, but the cabin is in shambles. He is later found floating in the lake. The autopsy showed he was murdered. The hunt to solve his murder takes you to an unexpected person. This is a very well written to keep your interest.
Susan Clayton- Goldner gives us another riveting mystery in the Radhauser mystery. She shows us the story of a young woman's struggle with her trans gender identity and the young author that loved her. I loved the beautiful storyline and the multi faceted characters. This book is recommended for those who love thrillers. I eagerly await her next book.
Susan Clayton Goldener delivers once again. An excellent read that keeps you wondering until the end. Winston Radhauser again delivers a passionate performance with heartfelt emotion. This is another must read and I cant wait for Book 6.
Story line very good. Lead character both human & talented investigator. Once started on the book had to finish. Was a little too long on descriptions of places & clothing choices for my taste but still worth the read.