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Reviewed by Edith Wairimu for Readers' Favorite
Sarah Reilley’s absorbing mystery-thriller, The Internship (Hoffman and Sullivan Book 1) follows the harrowing events of a small town in Minnesota. Back in the ‘80s, the residents of Layton had been terrorized by a savage serial killer. Though he had been apprehended, a feeling of fear still hung around the sleepy town. Five months away from becoming a professional psychologist, Shelli Hoffman is apprehensive about her internship. With uneasiness, she embarks on the journey to Layton, the town which had terrified her as a child. As her internship begins, everything appears normal but Shelli is reluctant to dismiss the feelings of apprehension she feels around the new boy in school. When a girl disappears and Shelli is threatened, the events bring back the residents’ memories of the ‘80s horrific murders.
Sarah Reilley develops a fascinating story that is absorbing throughout. From the beginning, the tension around Layton is palpable as its history is described. Shelli is a relatable character. Her apprehension towards Layton and her eccentric character portray her as authentic. Other characters are well developed and their stories are easy to follow. I loved that the story kept me guessing, trying to figure out who the killer could be. The pace of the story is swift but still accommodating. Enough details about the characters and the setting are given. The end is surprising. It answers the questions raised and ties together the threads of the story. The Internship by Sarah Reilley is a gripping story with intriguing characters and a captivating plot.