Rolling in the Deep

Young Adult - Coming of Age
255 Pages
Reviewed on 02/03/2023
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Author Biography

I grew up on a resort in Northern Wisconsin much like the fictional one in the novel. I am married with a blended family of six. In 2020 I retired from my position as a full-time physician. My time is now spent writing, doing charity work, and at the behest of my 4 y/o granddaughter.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite

Rolling in the Deep is a crime thriller by Arthur Kevin Rein. It's been a year since Sam Robel moved to the small town of Walnut Creek in northern Wisconsin together with his family, who had bought a local resort after the tragic death of his older brother. While fishing for a local legend in Red Wolf Lake, Sam and his friend Max Cherhasky find a belt buckle that they later realize could be the key to solving a potential murder. However, delving further into the mystery puts Sam, Max, and their mutual friend Diane directly into potential conflict with the wealthy and influential Manticore family, who are keen to take over the Robel family resort. Complicating matters is Max's father, who is the subject of a federal investigation. Will the three friends be able to maintain their bond through these struggles?

As far as coming-of-age stories go, Rolling in the Deep is a refreshing addition to a much-traversed genre. Filled with suspense, mystery, and plenty of thrills, Arthur Kevin Rein's novel is an absolute page-turner. This is a story about friendship, young love, and the baggage from family history that can seep into the lives of children. The characters leap off the pages as Rein makes sure to flesh out each of them with distinct traits and personalities that make them riveting to read. The narrative feels realistic, and the intricate plot is full of twists and turns you never see coming. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and readers who love original coming-of-age tales will do so too.

Alma Boucher

Rolling in the Deep by Arthur Kevin Rein is about seventeen-year-old Sam Robel. Sam and his family moved to Noquebay Resort in Wisconsin after his brother died. Sam’s friends Max and Diane also lost someone close to them. While fishing one day with Max, Sam catches something at the bottom of the lake. It was a faded blue belt with the letters e-r-s and N-u. Diane’s sister Jean used to wear a belt like that when she worked at Carter’s Nuts and Candies. Jean disappeared six years ago and was married to Junior Manticore. Junior was beating Jean and she wanted a divorce. The belt is stolen from Sam’s locker at school, and he has an idea who did it. Sam and Max plan to steal back the belt with the help of Diane.

This is a young adult coming-of-age novel of three friends who are bound together by grief. Sam’s parents were supportive, and Diane’s mother lived in her own world. Max’s mother died, and his father was not a good parenting figure. The story grabbed my attention from the first page and kept me entertained. It was engaging and a page-turner. Arthur Kevin Rein effectively captures Sam's feelings, who has a crush on Diane. It was easy to remember the feeling of having a crush on someone. The characters were well-developed and authentic. The friendship between Sam, Max, and Diane is genuine. They went out of their way for each other. The story is well-written and the writing is straightforward. Rolling in the Deep was captivating and exciting to read.

Risah Salazar

Rolling in the Deep by Arthur Kevin Rein sees Sam Robel's family move to Noquebay Resort in Walnut Creek, Wisconsin after his brother died, to start a new life. There he meets Max Cherhasky, who will become his best friend, and Diane Warren, the girl everyone would love to date. Sam's entire family is busy day in and day out with the lodge's upkeep and bar management. In his free time, Sam goes to Max's place to hang out, or Max comes to the resort and they go out fishing on the lake. Red Wolf Lake has many parts, and one of them is Finnegan's Hole. Rumor has it that Finnegan's skeleton is at the bottom of the lake, waiting to be discovered. One late afternoon, they decide to go looking for Finnegan's skull. Instead of a skull, they found a piece of cloth tied to a buckle, which will get everyone in town talking, especially the controversial Manticores. It might belong to a person who went missing six years ago; a woman who married into the Manticore family. Did they kill her and throw her body in the lake? Now's the time to re-open the case and investigate.

Arthur Kevin Rein's Rolling in the Deep has a gripping start and keeps the readers on their toes for the rest of the story. This whodunit crime story is a mystery, romance, and coming-of-age all tied up into one. The chapters are in the form of journal entries with a title and a date. With Rein's magnificent world-building and crisp storytelling, the language does its job and leaves the reader looking for clues everywhere. In his writing, Rein does not forget that the details in the background make the main story even more appetizing.