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Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite
Walker's Key by Frank Haddleton is a familial drama where a man is trying to discover who could have murdered his father. Darby Walker is a ferry service owner in St. Petersburg, Florida. His business was going well and he was content with his life. However, things take a dramatic turn when his father is murdered. Authorities believe that it was a suicide, but Darby knows better and he knows that it has something to do with his brother. But to make matters worse, the light in the lighthouse managed by his brother has gone out. So Darby sets to out to discover how his father died and what has happened to the lighthouse at Walter's Key. However, he has no idea that he is about to discover something life-changing, something that he had no idea his father was involved in years ago. Did his father really commit suicide? Does his brother really have something to do with his father’s death? The answers seem to be at Walter's Key, but does he want to find them?
This is a very well constructed and researched family drama. Very well-written and planned. The author managed the two timelines very well; he never let one timeline overlap the other and ensured that each stood out from the other. I loved the mystery and the suspense behind how Darby’s father died. The tension was thick until the very end and the atmosphere was almost severe. The sibling rivalry was also handled with caution. Instead of being petty, it actually added substance to the story and aided in character development. I especially enjoyed the backstories of Darby, Tulley and their grandfather. This is a solid novel, one that would be much appreciated by mystery/historical fiction fans.