The Internship

Hoffman and Sullivan Book 1

Fiction - Thriller - General
211 Pages
Reviewed on 08/18/2020
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Author Biography

Sarah Reilley grew up in the Rocky Mountains. She earned a BSEd English Education and taught middle and high school English/Language Arts, as well as math interventions. She has had many articles published on The Mighty and their partner sites, Yahoo! Lifestyle and MSN...

warning - POV shift!

Like any good writer, every book I read leads me closer to a book I'll write. I have loved books for as long as I've been able to read them and have been writing almost as long! I have the most fun writing thrillers, and often find myself sleepless with the fears of my characters!

I have two children, a husband, and two dogs (I killed the fish, but not on purpose). We enjoy spending our time hiking, driving, and playing games to keep our minds fresh.

While my stories are thrillers, and I do write about domestic violence, my husband has been my rock and my foundation. Some experiences of my characters are semi-autobiographical, but very little resemblance exists to my real life. I tried an autobiography once. It was boring!

    Book Review

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.