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Reviewed by Maria Beltran for Readers' Favorite
Margaret M. Ford’s novel, Lament for the Dead, is a thriller set in Drayford Village, a small and close knit community where people know almost everyone and where serious crimes are simply unheard of. The year is 2006 when the village is shaken by the abduction of Warren Leadbetter in late February. Not long after this, or almost a month later, another resident, Kate Beecham, disappears as she goes home in the middle of watching a movie with her sisters, due to an upset stomach. As more residents are abducted, the local police find no clue and there is nothing to connect the victims to each other. This is until Craig Gardner discovered the book, Drayford Village on the Fringe of Easthampton. Can the mysterious abductor be stopped before he carries out his ultimate devious plan?
Lament for the Dead unravels in Drayford Village, a most unlikely place for the crimes that are about to happen to the most unusual string of victims. Author Margaret Ford develops her story effectively through genuine dialogues and muted but vivid descriptions that should not fail to catch her readers’ interest. She treats her story material in such a way that it comes out crisp and lucid. Her treatment of the shifts in the plot is nothing short of brilliant. As a result, Lament for the Dead flows in such a way that reading the book becomes highly enjoyable and interesting. This is a thriller that will meet any discriminating reader’s expectations and I highly recommend this novel to the reading public.