Tall Oaks by Chris Whitaker ~Goodreads~
Published by twenty7 2016
Paperback edition 368 pages ~Book Depository~
For fans of Twin Peaks and The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair, this brilliant debut is dark yet hilarious, suspenseful and sad.
Everyone has a secret in Tall Oaks . . .
When three-year-old Harry goes missing, the whole of America turns its attention to one small town.
Everyone is eager to help. Everyone is a suspect.
Desperate mother Jess, whose grief is driving her to extreme measures.
Newcomer Jared, with an easy charm and a string of broken hearts in his wake.
Photographer Jerry, who’s determined to break away from his controlling mother once and for all.
And, investigating them all, a police chief with a hidden obsession of his own . . .
I love a good American mystery story, and Tall Oaks didn’t disappoint at all. A typical quiet town where everyone knows everyone and anyone, but despite this secrets aren’t short.
From start to finish the story sucked me in, the police investigator Jim listens to a tape where a little boys mother tells him about the disappearance of her three year old son- definitely the most exciting way to begin a mystery book. I really enjoyed that the story is set out from different perspectives and how their lives are all affected by the disappearance of the boy. You begin to see how some characters appear more guilty by just how they are, while others are suspiciously calm and collected but unsurprisingly those that seem normal are the keeper’s of the secrets.
I think my only dislike for this book was that as the story moved along it did get a little predictable for me, but that could be because I read a lot of mystery/thriller type books so that could just be personal to me.
For a mystery genre book it did make me laugh at times, like for example one of the characters is a teen and he acts very much like the “big I am” gangster which I found amusing.
This was a fun and cleverly written book, and I would recommend to anyone who enjoys a good mystery with a hint of humour!