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Reviewed by Natasha Jackson for Readers' Favorite
California TV Reporter Robin Anderson thinks she’s meeting a source that will take her career to the next level but he is there for far more nefarious reasons. When Peter Brandt, Robin’s ex-husband returns to California to bury her, he learns from his buddy Matt, a police officer turned private investigator that she was murdered, probably a planned hit. Whether it is his instincts as a war correspondent or looking at Robin’s solitary existence and seeing it mirror his own, Peter decides to do a little digging. In Empty Places we get to see the good side of reporting, albeit reporting in 1987, of hard-working reporters going after stories that matter. Martin Roy Hill did a fantastic job of keeping the tension slowly simmering throughout most of the story, then hitting the reader with a heavy dose of reflection at the perfect moment.
Empty Places reads like a fast paced action-thriller. From the beginning as Robin hears Peter’s advice about meeting sources in dark empty places echoing in her head you know that something truly interesting is about to happen. As Peter seeks to unravel the mystery of his ex’s murder, we are taken on a wild ride filled with shady, rich people with ulterior motives. Martin Roy Hill created a gem of a character in Peter Brandt. His world weariness is so visceral you can feel it emanating from the pages, and his straightforward attitude made him easy to like. That same attitude also made it easy for those in his path to dislike him and seek to quiet him. The method of blending fiction with real life events was not only an incredible idea, but it added layers of potential suspects so when the who and the way are finally revealed it feels like a shocker!