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Lee Chappel’s Crickets has just the perfect combination of suspense and drama, making it eerily realistic. It follows the life of Kara, a sexual abuse survivor who is still haunted by the night her life changed. Forced to come back to her hometown of Paige by her father’s unexpected death, Kara now has to decide how to deal with her demons; run or stay.

Moreover, during her stay in her childhood home, strange things begin to happen, further blurring her perception of what is real and what is imaginary. From chapter to chapter, it also becomes painfully clear that her assault and her father’s death are connected.

By primarily using the perspective of Kara and a new detective Sam Ellis, Lee gives a multi-faceted yet cohesive view of the narrative. We are not only pulled into the raw emotion of Kara’s experiences but we, like Sam, wonder who the villain is. And when it’s finally revealed who has it out for Kara, it hits us like a ton of bricks. It is unexpected and painful, yet makes sense.

If you love solving mysteries, this is definitely the book for you. Every chapter leaves you feeling like you have just been handed a jigsaw piece but don’t know where it fits.

It also helps that the book is easy to read; the author uses simple language and has a writing style that makes the narrative feel light. And the dialogue is well-crafted as well. Not only are the characters having very realistic conversations but the author also goes out of his way to add a lot of depth to the dialogue scenes. There are clear descriptions of facial expressions, personality ticks, and the emotional state of those in dialogue.

But by far the most interesting technique the author has used is employing a showing instead of telling approach. Instead of telling us that a character is kind or describing them in tons of wordy paragraphs, the author simply includes scenes where this character shows this virtue in action. This not only eliminates a lot of unnecessary tangents but also lets you understand a character on a deeper level by just observing them.

It also makes it more mind-blowing when you discover who the villain is because so many crumbs have been left along the way. Lee Chappel’s Crickets is a thrilling mystery novel that will having you biting your nails.

Pages: 345

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