Cindy M. Hogan
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Seventeen-year-old Billy thinks his father’s murder will never be solved—until he stumbles across an old ammo box while digging a grave in his small-town Tennessee cemetery.
What he finds leads him to question everything he knows, and his search for answers will uncover more than he bargained for: lies, secrets, and conspiracies—and behind them all, a dangerous truth.
17 year old Billy, lost his dad nearly ten years ago in a hit and run accident outside his home. While working one summer afternoon (one of his many) odd and end grave digging job, Billy discovers what appears to be an old army box hidden beneath pastor Higsby's favorite tree, Ol' May. Reluctantly Billy leaves and recovers the box with dirt after pastor Higby tells him and his friend Henry, they are digging the grave underneath the wrong tree.
After finding the box later again in the pulpit at Church, the journey begins as Billy, along Henry and Henry's cousin Amanda, unravel the mysteries hidden within the small town of Halls.
I honestly have mixed feelings about this book.
To begin, I'm not sure this was a good book choice for me, as it seems a bit more focused for teen YA readers. I'm not really sure why I think it is geared more toward the pre-YA readers, but it just takes me back in the day, (about sixth grade, when I was one of top accelerated reader in my grade) when I was reading the box car children and babysitter club books.
So as an adult, this book did not keep my attention the way I think it could have. It seems as though it dragged on and on. Nothing against the writing, I just think it is being marketed to the wrong crowd.
Anyway, with all that said, once I reached the final few chapters, the book did finally grabbed my attention. I personally was not surprised by the ending like many others claimed to have been, though.
This book was portrayed as a YA Mystery/Thriller/Romance.. I would not call it a romance at all. Not sure I could even call it young love.. I mean no 17 year old boys ever acted like that when I was growing up. (And I grew up in a small town)
Courtship sounds a bit more appropriate. The boys are very inexperienced dater, hold vehicle doors, spend two days planning a date to surprise the girls... that is more courting a girl to me.
Which is exactly how this book is based to me... In a different time period.. some small Tennessee town many years ago. They just so happened to have kids with Iphones.
Overall I think this was a decent read. I would recommend it to teen readers, or YA readers who like clean mysteries. I would also recommend it to Christian readers, who can over look the slight bit of language (maybe four or five words).
I am giving this book 3.5 stars.
**I received a free digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review**
A very nice read. I love Billy. He is such a sweet nice boy. The story had me capture the whole time and of course guessing about what really happen with his dad.
*I received a copy in exchange for an honest review*