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Reviewed by Divine Zape for Readers' Favorite
River Bones, Book One in the Sara Mason Mysteries by Mary Deal is an enthralling tale that will have the reader on the edge of their seat. Sara returned to her hometown after many years of not wanting to face a tragedy that took away the lives of her parents and sister. And while her childhood friend, Daphine, is upbeat about her being home in the Sacramento River Delta, she is not so enthusiastic about Sara’s new house. Sara has been reading news online about the elusive serial killer who strangles victims and buries them with an animal. The authorities can’t determine the motive behind the killings and this slows down the investigation.
Sara has the unsettling feeling that she is being followed. When skeletal remains are discovered near her property and later on her property, Sara is asked to move somewhere else. Sara’s life is in danger from a killer who seems to be out to get her. When she finds clues that could lead to the killer, she offers to join the investigation and that’s how she ends up being where she shouldn’t be, with the killer's hands around her neck. Is there a way out for her or will she become just another victim?
Mary Deal establishes herself as a mistress of the genre and her novels should occupy a prominent place on the bookshelves alongside works of Daniel Silva and Michael C. Grumley. Deal has a unique narrative style, a compelling voice, and a gift for character that brings to life characters that are psychologically and emotionally rich, and plots that are conflict-driven and gripping. Offering readers a thrill a minute, each page packed with the emotion that rubs off on the reader; in a word, River Bones is terrific.