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Reviewed by Kim Zoby for Readers' Favorite
Placid River Runs Deep by Mollie Hunt is a twisted tale about a serial killer's plight for revenge as he stalks an exclusive cabin community nestled beside a mountainside lake. The story begins in 1973 with an unruly group of teenagers trespassing on Placid River land. Being drunk and looking for a place to hook up, Roy Terry and his date break into a nearby cabin. Roy makes a series of bad choices that result in the death of a young mother. Flash forward to 2010 when, unbeknownst to the residents of Placid River, Roy Terry has been released from prison and is out for revenge. One by one, the members of the tight-knit community of Placid River are dying. With summer at its peak, the lakeside cabins are at full occupancy and Placid River has become the hunting ground for a serial killer.
Author Mollie Hunt has broken the mold of the typical whodunit with a unique writing format that introduces the serial killer and his sinister motives on page one. At that very moment, I knew Placid River Runs Deep would be a one-sit read. Page by page, I was drawn into the story with suspense-filled writing leaving me breathlessly anticipating the killer's next move. The eeriness of thick forests on a starless night, coupled with the snap of twigs, expertly emits fear and the feeling of being stalked. Dark secrets are revealed, adding an unexpected twist to the elite founding resident's role in the 1973 murder. Placid River Runs Deep is unlike any book I have read to date and it had me biting my nails till the final spine-tingling last page.