Sunday, April 14, 2024

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In scenic Granite Harbor, life has continued on―quiet and serene―for decades. That is until a local teenager is found brutally murdered in the Settlement, the town’s historic archaeological site. Alex Brangwen, adjusting to life as a single father with a failed career as a novelist, is the town’s sole detective. This is his first murder case and, as both a parent and detective, Alex knows the people of Granite Harbor are looking to him to catch the killer and temper the fear that has descended over the town.

Isabel, a single mother attempting to support her family while healing from her own demons, finds herself in the middle of the case when she begins working at the Settlement. Her son, Ethan, and Alex’s daughter, Sophie, were best friends with the victim. When a second body is found, both parents are terrified that their child may be next. As Alex and Isabel race to find the killer in their midst, the town’s secrets―past and present―begin bubbling to the surface, threatening to unravel the tight-knit community.

At once a page-turning thriller and a captivating portrait of the social fabric of a small town, Granite Harbor evokes the atmosphere of HBO’s Mare of Easttown with a villain reminiscent of Thomas Harris’s Silence of the Lambs.

The Sexy Nerd's Review. . .

In small town America, a young teenager is brutally murdered and left hanging inside the Settlement for its employees to find. When Alex Brangwen, police officer, gets to the scene, he quickly learns that this young man was friends with his daughter. Being a single father himself, he can’t imagine what this teen’s mother is going to have to deal with her son being murdered. Who or what would want to do such a thing?

While the scene wasn’t quite wrapped up and the investigation was soon underway, the small town ends up having another teenager murdered in a similar fashion to their first victim. What exactly did this town have going on where these teenagers found themselves deceased? Needless to say, Alex was distraught and beside himself with worry for his daughter and all the teens living in their community. He and his police chief did all they could to bring down the person or persons responsible for the mayhem and grief brought before them.

As Alex continued to investigate and get closer to the truth, one particular character stood out among the rest. Once he set his sights on this person, he was like Columbo with teeth like a dog going for the jugular vein, but was the person Alex was pursuing the right victim to have within his grasp? In order to find that out, Nerds, you’ll have to read Granite Harbor.

Ook, we got ourselves a pretty decent whodunit going on and I found this story to be quite the attention grabber. My eyes soaked up the story like a sponge, but having said that I ran into a couple of things that bothered me because they fell within my pet peeves category. For instance, Nichols is a brilliant writer. He truly authored this story so well, but that was part of the problem. He wrote it so well it was too much detail to the point it grated on my nerves. I had to go back many times and re-read sections because the detail was so long, going on for quite a few pages, that I totally forgot what the character was doing that led up to a certain event.

And that brought me to my next pet peeve of the story being entirely too long. I think had the author edited himself in some sections of the detail, this story could have ended much sooner than it did. Even though he authored the story in the manner in which he did, I still loved it. Nichols loved to dangle that carrot in front of the reader and it began to grate on my nerves a bit. He truly made you work for this story, but I have to say, I was right alongside him and had three suspects that I liked for these murders. Being the super sleuth that I am, I most definitely had many things right.

Overall, this was a particularly enjoyable book. I truly did love it, but as I mentioned above, the story dragged on a little too long for my tastes and there was quite a bit of backstory and detail that could have been less, but that’s my personal preference. I think my book Nerds will absolutely love this story and will eat it up as I did. I read this book pretty quickly, even though it was longer than most stories I read. That’s a testament of how good this book is.

The Sexy Nerd gives Granite Harbor four additional suspects to throw readers off the scent. This was the first time I’d ever read this author and I have to say I do like his writing style. He’s very engaging and will keep you front and center, but he will make you work for the story though. I can’t hate that. Granite Harbor goes on sale Tues., April 30, 2024, at your favorite book retailers or wherever books are sold. Until next time, Nerds, you know how we get down!

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