John Milliken Thompson
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On an early spring morning in Richmond, Virginia, in the year 1885, a young pregnant woman is found floating in the city reservoir. It appears that she has committed suicide, but there are curious clues at the scene that suggest foul play. The case attracts local attention, and an eccentric group of men collaborate to solve the crime. Detective Jack Wren lurks in the shadows, weaseling his way into the investigation and intimidating witnesses. Policeman Daniel Cincinnatus Richardson, on the brink of retirement, catches the case and relentlessly pursues it to its sorrowful conclusion. As the identity of the girl, Lillie, is revealed, her dark family history comes to light, and the investigation focuses on her tumultuous affair with Tommie Cluverius.
Tommie, an ambitious young lawyer, is the pride and joy of his family and the polar opposite of his brother Willie, a quiet, humble farmer. Though both men loved Lillie, it’s Tommie’s reckless affair that thrusts his family into the spotlight. With Lillie dead, Willie must decide how far to trust Tommie, and whether he ever understood him at all. Told through accumulating revelations, Tommie’s story finally ends in a riveting courtroom
Based on a true story, The Reservoir centers on a guilty and passionate love triangle composed of two very different brothers and one young, naive girl hiding an unspeakable secret. A novel of lust, betrayal, justice, and revenge, The Reservoir ultimately probes the question of whether we can really know the hearts and minds of others, even of those closest to us.
From Publishers Weekly
© Publishers Weekly
This is a stunning first novel by a gifted storyteller. Thompson manages to create a sense of nostalgic suspense in this historical mystery set in the post Reconstruction era of Richmond in the 1880's. A young pregnant girl is found floating in the city's drinking water and a search for answers ensues. It is hard to put this novel down, especially towards the end, as it races to a dramatic finish.
100 Words or Less
The opening chapter promises a murder mystery that seems interesting in its historical perspective. But then the next chapter takes a completely different twist. And the following one basically grinds the plot to a screeching halt.
I couldn’t continue after that. What I initially found interesting seemed pushed to the side. The characters were flat. The writing was good enough but not anything special. As a whole, it did not work for me.