The Storm King by Brendan Duffy
Nate left his hometown by the lake in the Adirondacks soon after high school and has rarely looked back. His memories of his best friends and grandmother are pleasant enough but the deaths of his parents and brother and the disappearance of Lucy, his high school sweetheart, soured the area for him. He’s a very different person from the teenager he was. Now a successful pediatric oncologist with a wife and young child the last thing he wants is to go back home, but when Lucy’s remains are found outside town, and the cause of death is ruled a homicide, he knows he has to return for her funeral.
Soon after Nate’s return he learns of pranks happening around town to the people he once was friends with in high school. Turns out the vengeance Nate and his friends doled out is now being revisited on them. He never hurt anyone directly, but in hindsight he realizes that he did cause a lot of harm. Sometimes one of their not so innocent pranks caused repercussions that ruined families. But this new set of events around town are escalating in their ferocity. When his grandmother is critically injured and hospitalized Nate knows he has to put an end to it and to do that he’s going to have to try to solve Lucy’s murder. The cycle of vengeance and retribution he started needs to end.
I’m a fan of the author’s first book, House of Echoes, and was eagerly awaiting his sophomore novel. I was not disappointed. The book delves into the stories a town is built upon and how those legends affect the people at their core as well as the price of revenge: will revenge ever make a person feel better? Or do you just need more and more to fill your need for vengeance? I especially liked the impending hurricane coming up the coast and inland to the town, the storm really added to the feeling of dread as the book comes to its conclusion. Thriller and mystery readers are the target audience, just be ready for a narrative that alternates between the past and present.
This book comes out next week so place your hold!