Poison Town by Creston Mapes is as addicting as Fear has a Name, the first book in this series about Jack Crittendon, local reporter. Yes, there's suspicion that a manufacturing plant is manufacturing an illegal product and that it's poisoning the townsfolk who live nearby. But "there's more than one kind of poison in this town!" (as it says on the back cover). I don't quite know how to put into words the type of stories Creston Mapes weaves together. From the first page, the characters are engaging and real. His use of description puts you right in the middle of the scene. Things that pop up in the beginning of the story show up somewhere in the end. I'm talking about details that you don't think are important. But they are. You have to keep your eyes and ears open in this book or you'll miss something. Nothing was predictable. If you like John Grisham, you'll love Mapes! The only bad thing about this book is that it ended. I found myself staring at it on my desk wishing there was more to read. I cannot wait for the next book in the series!
Poison Town played out like an action packed thriller movie in my head. This is the first book I have read by Creston Mapes and it did not disappoint. I liked getting to know Jack Crittendon and his family and friends. Jack is really struggling with forgiveness and fear since the ordeal when his wife was kidnapped. This is then causing problems in his and Pam's marriage. While that and more are going on in his personal life, he is having car trouble and goes to his mechanics. While there he learns that Galen, the father, has been really sick. While Galen was at the hospital someone had tried to poison him. This sets off a chain of events where Jack, who is an investigative reporter by profession, is trying to help his friends search for answers about their town being poisoned from a nearby factory. Jack and Derrick, his reporter friend/partner, begin to uncover some very shady dealings and a lot of corporate greed with people who really want this story silenced, that they will stoop to do anything to keep this quiet, including murder. There is a lot of stuff going on in this story and the last 80 pages or so had me on the edge of my seat. There are also quite a few characters, yet the author made them all stand out and we even got to know the minor ones well. This story takes place in my home state of Ohio which made the story even creepier for me. This is a second in the series and even though it is can be read as a standalone, the first book does deal with Pam's kidnapping. I have not read the first one, but I do plan on going back and reading it. At the end of the book we get a sneak peak of the third Crittendon File. I am looking forward to reading that one as well. I received this book from The Book Club Network and the opinions are my own.
Poison Town is the second book in The Crittendon Files. Creston Mapes is a new author to me but has been added to my list of authors to follow. The book was a page turner. It was a great mystery involving many current issues: alcoholism, forgiveness, crime, doubting how much God was really involved in our daily lives, balancing work and family and trust. Be prepared to want to read this all in one sitting. Once you read the first chapter, it is hard to put down.
I recieved this book from bookfun.org for my honest review.
Poison Town is the second in The Crittendon Files, thrillers about Jack Crittendon, a newspaper reporter for the Trenton City Dispatch. He's still coping with the aftermath of the events in Fear Has A Name, and struggling with forgiveness issues, which is causing issues between him and his wife. This is a significant subplot, so I think it's best to read the stories in order.
Anyway, the main plot in Poison Town is a potential cover-up by Demler-Vargus, a fiberglass manufacturer and the major employer in Trenton. Jack hears that many of the long-time employees are having health issues, which are being hushed up, and a former Dispatch reporter who investigated the problem has disappeared. Is there something dangerous in the air around Demler-Vargus causing lung problems, or is it all just a coincidence?
I've no doubt Poison Town will appeal to some readers. But it didn't appeal to me. The writing was good enough and the Christian elements were there, but I thinkÃ¢â¬âbased on the advance endorsementsÃ¢â¬âI was expecting something a little more like a John Grisham novel (or perhaps a fictional Erin Brockovich). But that wasn't what I got. Instead, I found characters I found difficult to empathise with and a plot which seemed to meander along, waiting for something to happen. I'm sure many people will enjoy this, but I didn't, and I doubt I'll bother with future books in the series.
Thanks to David C Cook and NetGalley for providing a free ebook for review.
If you like eerie suspense stories, this is one you should definitely pick up. The book stars Jack Crittendon, which many of you will remember from the first book, who follows another lead on a new story. Taking his car to the local mechanic starts to unravel a mystery that is killing people on the other side of his town. Needless to say there is a lot of political fallout and his world is thrown upside down as he races to find out why so many are dying. This is an excellent book with well written characters. Loved it!!
I received a copy of this book for my review purposes. All thoughts are 100% mine.