Skipjack Publishing (2014)
Reviewed by Sheri Bebee for Reader Views (05/14)
Article first published as Book Review: ‘Deadly Thyme’ by R.L. Nolen on Blogcritics.
“Deadly Thyme” by R.L. Nolen is a mystery/thriller that takes place in the seaside village of Perrins Point in Cornwall, England. Ruth Butler and her daughter Annie moved to Perrins Point from Texas, where they have successfully hidden for the past ten years from Ruth’s depraved husband. Ruth worst fears come true and her past threatens to catch up with her when Annie suddenly disappears one morning. In the same village, a psychopath mistakes Ruth for his mother and soon begins to hear the “voices” again. He knows the only way to quiet his mother’s constant nagging is to kill her – again. Jon Graham, a detective inspector in Perrins Point on an undercover investigation, inadvertently finds himself in the middle of the case and must help Ruth find Annie without blowing his cover! Shortly after Annie’s disappearance a body is found on the beach in Annie’s clothing, but Ruth does not believe Annie is dead – will she find Annie before it’s too late?
The very first page of this book chilled me to the bone and I honestly didn’t know if I would be able to read the entire story. I typically wimp out with anything having to do with children being harmed or kidnapped, but I persevered and I’m glad I did – this book was fantastic and absolutely shocking! The author tells a great story and is very detailed and descriptive. From the beautiful beaches to the drenching storms, and cold dark caves, I was drawn to the village and could easily see myself as a resident. I had mixed feelings about some of the characters – of course I hated the psychotic, creepy killer, but the depth of his character was spot on. Annie was my hero – a little trooper in light of everything she endured, and wise beyond her years. I would have liked to have seen a bit more depth in Ruth, Annie’s mother. I found at times I could not relate to her behavior, possibly because she was much stronger than I would have been in the same situation, causing me to feel like she was a bit distant or removed. The ending was perfect – full of cliff-hanging drama and suspense and for me - skin crawling fear.
Overall I would rate “Deadly Thyme” by R.L. Nolen a 4 star thriller. I enjoyed my reading experience with this book so much that I will certainly delve further into this genre. I hope to be seeing more work from R.L. Nolen soon!