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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
The Long Way Home is a work of fiction in the mystery and suspense subgenres and was penned by author Betta Ferrendelli. It is intended for the general adult reading audience and forms the sixth installment of the Samantha Church Mystery series. In a chilling and thrilling novel with sleuthing and raw emotion at its heart, our protagonist Samantha Church is still reeling from the death of a dear friend and co-worker. On her journey to healing, Sam goes in search of her friend’s younger sister, Jenny, but this decision leads Sam into an intricate web of underworld networks and shady dealings in both the past and the present day.
If you’re a fan of slow-burning mysteries that build and build until you suddenly can’t look away, then this is the book for you. Author Betta Ferrendelli delivers a carefully-plotted story that has a great amount of detail, sensational pacing, and suspense, but also manages to still feel natural as it flows along, never forcing the audience into conventions of the plot. This is aided enormously by the loving work put into the portrayal of protagonist Sam, her emotional state, her loves and losses, which are sure to touch the heart of any mystery/thriller reader seeking a capable-but-vulnerable heroine at the center of events. I also really enjoyed the mystery around Jenny and her development as a character, and the Texan setting was full of vivid characters and life. Overall, I would definitely recommend The Long Way Home for fans of the existing series and newcomers to this great author.