State of Redemption

State of Redemption

I apologize to all my author and publishing industry friends whove sent me books for review the last two weeks. My full attention was absorbed by Richard McKeowns crime novel, State of Redemption. And when you read it, youll know why.

The setting—a small town in Vermont—where a decades old murder comes to light amidst a high-profile election.

When the protagonist visits the home of his youth, a haunting memory is triggered, and he unknowingly kicks the dust off a cold case town leaders hoped to keep buried. Upon further investigation, his life, along with that of the woman hes falling for and two surprising allies, are threatened. Then after a chilling confrontation reminiscent of High Noon, the clock ticks down to a cataclysmic decision—retribution or redemption.

Obviously, my summary is cryptic, but I wanted to prevent a spoiler alert.”

I will say this, its clear that McKeown capitalized on his experiences as a crime reporter, political consultant, and communications expert when writing this book. It is lengthy and unravels at a deliberate pace, but dont let that deter you from reading it. In fact, thats what makes it unputdownable. It gives the reader time to absorb, surmise, anticipate, and process one chilling revelation after another. Each chapter ends on a page-turning cliffhanger, which I love. I also applaud the authors ability to divine a story that is both eerily timely and plausible.

I eagerly await McKeowns next book and wonder if he can possibly top his debut!

Source and Image Courtesy of Richard McKeown. 

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2 Responses to State of Redemption

  1. Linda Dicus April 14, 2024 at 2:21 pm #

    I agree. I couldn’t put it down either. I can’t wait to read the sequel.

  2. Kimberly Monaghan April 15, 2024 at 10:27 am #

    Thanks for sharing your love for this book. I know Richard will appreciate it. And yes, I agree. Can’t wait for the sequel!!!

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