Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Revelations by Laurel Dewey

Revelations is Laurel Dewey's third Jane Perry novel. I haven't read the previous ones, but, after reading this one, I'll read all future ones. Revelations is one of the most intriguing crime novels I've read this year. Jane is a flawed, but fascinating character. And, the mystery is complex and absorbing.

Sergeant Detective Jane Perry was just about to take leave after she learned there was the possibility she had cancer when her partner and former boss, Sergeant Morgan Weyler, said he owed an old friend, and asked her to go with him to Midas, Colorado to investigate an unusual kidnapping. Fifteen-year-old Jake Van Gorden was missing after he tried to kill himself by hanging on the bridge. And, now the police and Jake's parents were getting unusual communications from someone who may have the teen. But had the teen been complicit in his own disappearance?

Jane doesn't trust anything she finds when they arrive in Midas. The small, upscale town is filled with secrets. And, the police chief, Bo, is part of the puzzle. He and his assistant are on the verge of retirement, and, even though he reluctantly shares clues and his suspicions with Weyler and Perry, he's hiding something. And, he's convinced he has his suspect, Jordan Copeland, a man who served time for a child's murder. Bo only succeeds in angering Jane, and she sets out to find answers for herself. And, she has to do it on her own, because even Jake's parents have secrets, and they are blocking the investigation.

While Jane is determined to find answers, she's also wrapped up in her own issues. She's a recovering alcoholic who just quit smoking. And, she's already had a tragic life. When she stumbles upon Jordan, he digs at her feelings and past, and that frustrates and angers her. In her confusion, she finds the owner of a bar, The Rabbit Hole, a man who accepts and reaches out to her. As Jane Perry searches for answers to the mystery of Jake's disappearance, she also searches for the truth about the puzzles of her own life.

Laurel Dewey combines mystery, mysticism, secrets and revelations in a riveting story that takes Jane Perry down her own rabbit hole. Jane is a gruff, angry woman, a fascinating character, in search of answers in her own life.  Revelations has truths to tell about the past, secrets to unveil. Sink into Jane Perry's story of an investigation and its Revelations.

Laurel Dewey's website is www.laureldewey.com

Revelations by Laurel Dewey. The Story Plant. ©2011. ISBN 9780984190553 (paperback), 479p.

*****
FTC Full Disclosure - I received the book in order to participate in a book tour.

6 comments:

Liz V. said...

Wow. Thanks for writing about Revelations.

Kris said...

Awesome review! This book sound really good...it's definitely being added to my wish list.

Velda Brotherton said...

Great review. Sounds like something I'd enjoy a lot. Going to see about reading her first book first, then will move on to the next and then this one. Reviews like this make new readers.

Lesa said...

You're welcome, Liz. In fact, I'm taking Revelations with me to work tomorrow for the librarians' brown bag luncheon. I need to talk about this one.

Lesa said...

It was good, Kris. I seldom stay up to finish a book, but I stayed up last night to read it.

Lesa said...

Thanks, Velda. Since I haven't read the earlier ones, I can't speak for them. But, this one was terrific. I'm a new fan.