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Fallen Mountains by Kimi Cunningham Grant
Published by Amberjack Publishing on March 5, 2019
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When Transom Shultz goes missing shortly after returning to his sleepy hometown of Fallen Mountains, Pennsylvania, his secrets are not the only ones that threaten to emerge. Red, the sheriff, is haunted by the possibility that a crime Transom was involved in seventeen years earlier—a crime Red secretly helped cover up—may somehow be linked to his disappearance. Possum, the victim of that crime, wants revenge. Laney will do anything to keep Transom quiet about the careless mistake they made that could jeopardize her budding relationship. And Chase, once a close friend, reels from Transom’s betrayal of buying his family’s farm under false pretenses and ruthlessly logging it and leasing the mineral rights to Marcellus shale frackers. As the search for Transom Shultz heats up and the inhabitants’ dark and tangled histories unfold, each one must decide whether to live under the brutal weight of the past or try to move beyond it.
I finally managed to read this book I won in a giveaway earlier in the year. Fallen Mountains follows a few old friends since childhood in a small town when one goes missing. I love the way the characters are developed with none being perfect; they all have their human failings. It has a very authentic vibe because of their jealous, angry, and sad emotions.
There is a great deal of loss in each of their lives and they all handle it differently. It is easier to like some characters than others, however. I feel for Chase with his grief and trying to isolate himself from having any feelings so he can’t feel that pain ever again. But all the characters seem to develop except perhaps Transom. But since he was missing, we don’t get as much of him and not his thoughts as we do the others.
The primary point of view is the sheriff, but we get some of Chase, Laney and Possum’s thoughts. Because they have been / are closest to Transom, they end up suspects in his disappearance. Transom’s return has all three of them dealing with past feelings from before he left town. The ending is unexpected and sadly fitting.
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