Review: One of Us, Tawni O'Dell

*Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book on Netgalley from the publisher in return for an honest review*
One of Us, Tawni O'Dell
Dr. Sheridan Doyle, a fastidiously groomed and TV-friendly forensic psychologist, is the go-to shrink for the Philadelphia District Attorney's office whenever a twisted killer's mind eludes other experts. But beneath his Armani pinstripes, he's still Danny Doyle, the awkward, terrified, bullied boy from a blue-collar mining family, plagued by panic attacks and haunted by the tragic death of his little sister and mental unraveling of his mother years ago.
Returning to a hometown grappling with its own ghosts, Danny finds a dead body at the infamous Lost Creek gallows where a band of rebellious Irish miners was once executed. Strangely, the body is connected to the wealthy family responsible for the miners' deaths. Teaming up with veteran detective Rafe, a father-like figure from his youth, Danny, in pursuit of a killer, comes dangerously close to startling truths about his family, his past, and himself.

Tawni was born and raised in the coal-mining region of western Pennsylvania, the territory she writes about with such striking authenticity. She graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in journalism and spent many years living in the Chicago area before moving back to Pennsylvania where she now lives with her two children.

This mystery and psychological part of this book kept me reading. Though I did guess most of the connections early on I was still intrigued enough to find out how it would be worked out and when truths would be revealed.
I enjoyed Danny's personality. Despite being some famous person he is not made an arrogant personality which often happens. The sensitive kid can be seen easily. I did have a lot of trouble with Scarlett. Though I can enjoy evil she was so over the top that I had a hard time taking her serious. Still the interaction between both characters was interesting.
I did not like the detailed descriptions of the looks and clothing of the characters. Though I did understand at points why it was done it felt unnecessary to know exactly the complete outfit of a character with brands, textures and colour.

One of Us
Author: Tawni O'Dell
Publisher: Gallery Books
Pages: 304
Format: eArc
ISBN-10: 1476755876
ISBN-13: 9781476755878
Publisher: eBook | Hardcover
One of Us
3 stars

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Jennine G.
18 August, 2014 delete

Oh another O'Dell book. I read Back Roads years ago and remember liking it. Will have to check this out.

20 August, 2014 delete

I think that the mystery and psychological parts of the book would interest me, as I enjoy psychological thrillers and mysteries, so I'll check this book out.