‘Screams in the Woods’ by Michael R Martin

Screams in the Woods

Private detective Christine Lynch finds herself immersed in history when she takes on the case of two missing men. Beginning her investigation into a 19th-century mine explosion, she must discover what links the disaster with the men’s disappearance. However, she soon realises that unearthing the truth could put her own life in danger.

This is a bit of a mix of styles, with mystery, thriller and sci-fi coming together in a quirky and interestingly-told tale. The story begins slowly, taking a little while to get going, and I found the narrative occasionally felt like it needed a boost, but it soon picks up the pace. The author has a nice way of revealing the clues as we go along, creating one of those stories that keeps the reader wondering what the heck’s happening. With plenty of twists and surprises, this is a good first novel that bodes well for the future.

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