Publication Date: Available Now from Faber and Faber
Source: Review Copy
In Wild Thyme, Pennsylvania, Officer Henry Farrell’s life is getting complicated. Widowed and more traumatised than he cares to admit, he is caught up in an affair with a local woman, and with helping out his friend’s barn construction job – on which the clock is ticking. When a troubled old acquaintance of theirs becomes the prime suspect in the disappearance of his girlfriend, it becomes increasingly clear that something seriously dark is at large in the woods that surround them.
Against this old and strange landscape – where silence rules – a fascinating and troubling case ensues, as Henry struggles for his very survival.
Fateful Mornings, like Dry Bones in the Valley before it is a fully character driven novel, paced to haunting perfection and featuring once again main protagonist Henry Farrell.
What I love about Tom Bouman’s writing is the sense of place and the true authenticity he brings to every aspect of his storytelling. In this case the mystery elements of the plot are very much secondary to the relationships and rural realities faced by those living within the community – the author takes Henry out of his comfort zone and into some dark dark places. Political machinations play their part and it is a slow and considered journey towards the final resolution.
Beautiful prose and intelligent plotting that includes some deeply layered characters and occasionally hard hitting moments makes Fateful Mornings a literary joy to read and really just means that Tom Bouman is now firmly on my must read list.
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