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Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite
Cherry Pits is a neo-noir psychological thriller written by Emily Hodgson. Chester Finnegan (Chess) is a struggling young artist who spends his free time using his alias, Bucket, to dispatch dead bodies for a murderer named Murdy. Laden with a traumatic past due to his parents dying horribly in a tragic accident, Chess suffers routine panic attacks induced by PTSD. After a string of murders leaves a trail of missing persons, Chess finds himself unwittingly embroiled in a murder investigation where he is the primary suspect. Adding to his woes is the investigation being led by Detective Tahlia Lambert, Chess's best friend Nate's adoptive mother. As the local authorities inch closer to Chess's involvement in the disappearances, the killer's identity reveal makes things even more dangerous for Chess. Can he get out of this mess?
A gripping psychological thriller that keeps your eyes glued to the pages, Cherry Pits is a wild rollercoaster of a ride you don't want to get off. Author Emily Hodgson infuses the plot with numerous twists and turns to captivate you until the end. You're never quite sure what's happening next, and it makes the story all the more immersive to read. The narrative is paced well and flows smoothly like melted butter. I found the characters complex with layers of depth to their outward personas. Their inner conflicts and motives provide agency to their actions, making for some captivating character arcs. Chess's PTSD episodes felt realistically handled. If you're into neo-noir thrillers, I highly recommend Cherry Pits.