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Reviewed by Carine Engelbrecht for Readers' Favorite
At the heart of Darryl's Reunion by John B. Wren lies the tragedy of the boy that never graduated. For a bright, but bullied young kid, the start of high school could present an opportunity to re-invent himself with new friends and new activities or a re-acquaintance with the tyranny of old adversaries. Unfortunately, geeky Darryl Zamanski never got the chance to find out which it could have been as his life is violently cut short just a few weeks after the school term began. For nineteen years his killing remains the one unsolved mystery that haunts the small Virginia town of Vaneksburg. Then a new cop arrives and decides to take a shot at one of the county's coldest cases. But the cop, Ian McLarry, is not the only one stalking the unpunished killers of almost two decades ago. Someone else is on their trail and that person has a different agenda altogether.
From the remnants of high school memories and unfinished business, Darryl's Reunion by John B. Wren weaves a tale that is part murder mystery and part psychological thriller as past chases present with terrifying consequences. The author finely balances the evidence of the past with a shadow play that takes place in the present, and will keep you guessing from chapter to chapter. You will love this story, if you have ever rooted for an underdog or applauded an unlikely champion. Will justice be served or will revenge win the day instead? Sorry, no spoilers. As a mystery and a thriller, the book succeeds in hooking the reader with effective plotting and just the right degree of foreshadowing to cultivate suspense.