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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Windfall: A Henry Lysyk Mystery is a work of fiction in the mystery, thriller, and suspense sub-genres, with notable influence from the grisly world of true crime, and is part of the Henry Lysyk series. It is aimed at adults, contains some non-graphic violence and explicit language, and was penned by author Byron T. D. Smith. The book explores a hypothetical solution to a real-world case that is currently unsolved, following a washed-up accountant on the run as he attempts to flee from his old life. But this only leads him to get dragged into a dangerous journey when he and his niece begin unraveling a deadly thread of secrets.
Author Byron T. D. Smith has crafted a masterful work of mystery, drama, and criminally good writing for this exciting journey. Beyond the excellent writing quality and dynamic presentation, there are two standout strengths to the work for me. The first is in the crafting and imagination surrounding the true-crime element, which takes a really clever perspective on an unsolved case that I, as a true crime fan, knew very well, and puts in realistic thrills and spills that blur the lines between fact and fiction so well. The second, for me personally, was the presentation of Henry and Frieda, which was filled with deeper nuances than one would usually expect from this genre, and utilizes their unique powers as characters to convey key plot points through their emotional reactions and dynamic dialogue. Overall, this makes Windfall an accomplished work that will have its hooks in you from the very first chapter.