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Aspiring author Ben Simmons hates imposing himself upon others, so when he breaks down in the small Rhode Island town of Kettering, he's forced to grit his teeth and lean on strangers for help.
It’s not all bad, though. His temporary host could not be more accommodating, and the local librarian quickly takes an interest in Ben, as well as the research for his next novel. Though unexpected, his short stay has the potential to be enjoyable. But when he stumbles upon the second murder in Kettering within a week, he realizes his presence in town might actually be life-threatening.
Ben soon finds himself torn between leaving as soon as he can and his feelings for the alluring Ellen Hornsby. However, the longer Ben stays in town, the more questions he has. Who is the killer? How are these murders connected to similar crimes committed thirty years before? And why haven't the townspeople done anything?
As Ben’s list of allies grows, so too does the threat that haunts the people of Kettering. Together, these individuals must set aside their differences and find the killer before the body count climbs any higher, but time is running out.
Something is in the woods, something hidden among the shadows that grow ever longer with winter's approach, and it's hunting all of them.
A Great Read
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It's a suspenseful yet believable thriller. Mahnke weaves together small town New England life with history and folklore in a delightful manner. Well worth the read.
A great thrill-ride!
“Consumed” is a real page turner. I really enjoyed it. The characters are well defined and act like normal people. The town is well presented and as I read I could see Kettering in my mind’s eye.
The tension builds slowly as things look more desperate. The ending is a real surprise, but I won’t spoil it for you.
I really loved Mahnke’s last book, “Indian Summer.” When I saw this, I knew that it would be good and I was not disappointed.
This is a really fun read and I couldn’t put it down. I can’t wait for his next novel.
Consumed - Buy It!
Or, consumed by it. Either is apropos. I read this book in three sittings. Only because I have responsibilities or it would have been one. The author does a good job of developing the characters quickly and draws you into their story. I just wanted to know what was going to happen next. If you read Indian Summer, another book the author released earlier this year and enjoyed it you'll love this book. I highly recommend it!