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
Publisher: eBook | Hardcover