When Rob S. Guthrie asked if I could read an ARC of his continuation to his wonderful book Blood Land, I couldn’t say no. Why not? Because I love his writing, his novels, his powerful prose, his vivid characters,… Well, you get the idea This book was amazing, and I am giving it 4 stars.
After having read Blood Land, the first book in the series of mysteries starred by Sheriff James Pruett, I was quite looking forward to reading the second book in the series. My patient waiting was rewarded and I wasn’t disappointed. R. S. Guthrie is a master of characterisation, creating great and remarkable characters that feel quite alive on the pages. Sheriff James Pruett is still fighting against his inner demons in this new novel, and even though he thinks that he can manage to do so, things will get difficult very soon, and the apparent calm of his little town in Wyoming will be threatened by something bigger than them: drug cartels.
When a plane crashes nearby Sheriff Pruett’s little town, lots of things start happening: murder, kidnapping, lots of threats, and many other dangerous situations. Sheriff Pruett will face difficult choices, choices involving moral issues. His decisions won’t only affect himself, but also the rest of the community in that little spot in Wyoming.
It is an action-packed thriller, character-driven, and with a very suitable pace, according to the length of the book. The story is simply so interesting that you cannot stop reading. I read this book in a total of 6 hours. You get so immersed in the story, thanks to the vivid and detailed descriptions, that you feel as if you were transported to the rough landscapes of Wyoming. You can feel things, you can smell things, you can even touch things. The descriptions are just perfect for me.
The only odd thing I found has to do with a couple of characters, but I won’t say it here because it would spoil things. I will just say that writers must be very careful with the different ways in which they name their characters along the book. Otherwise, sometimes the reader can get confused.
To sum up, this book is so good that you won’t regret reading it, and you will await impatiently for the next installment. However, I think all of you would enjoy it better if you read Blood Land first. This book could be a stand-alone novel, but I really think it works best if you know what happened in the first book.