Kilborn


Fiction - Realistic
236 Pages
Reviewed on 06/28/2019
Buy on Amazon

This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Review Exchange Program, which is open to all authors and is completely free. Simply put, you agree to provide an honest review an author's book in exchange for the author doing the same for you. What sites your reviews are posted on (B&N, Amazon, etc.) and whether you send digital (eBook, PDF, Word, etc.) or hard copies of your books to each other for review is up to you. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email, and be sure to describe your book or include a link to your Readers' Favorite review page or Amazon page.

This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Donation Program, which was created to help nonprofit and charitable organizations (schools, libraries, convalescent homes, soldier donation programs, etc.) by providing them with free books and to help authors garner more exposure for their work. This author is willing to donate free copies of their book in exchange for reviews (if circumstances allow) and the knowledge that their book is being read and enjoyed. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email. Be sure to tell the author who you are, what organization you are with, how many books you need, how they will be used, and the number of reviews, if any, you would be able to provide.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite

In Kilborn by Wayne Hughes, Drake Kilborn is running his family's crop-spraying business since his father became ill with heart problems. Mentally unstable since the death of his beloved mother, Drake becomes the source of problems for almost everyone in his hometown. When an employee in his company dies after handling dangerous chemicals, the case becomes the first catalyst in Drake's undoing, further complicating Zeke’s life, his fragile, widower father. Zeke’s sister-in-law, Ella Parker, and long-time friend, Dan Baker, try to support him as best they can while an undercover Texas Ranger is patiently building a criminal case against the younger Kilborn. Life still goes on in Jerrod; people fall in love, businesses still run and farmers still need their crops to be sprayed. However, anyone who is connected to Drake Kilborn in some way or another begins to feel the negative effects of his behavior seeping into their lives.

Wayne Hughes's Kilborn is an intriguing and calmly told small-town crime thriller that benefits from impressive, memorable characters, a well-paced plot and an engaging narrative. The protagonists share the same glaring problem-Drake Kilborn, who doesn’t have to be on the scene for readers to feel how much of a detrimental impact he has on the community. As the story unfolds, I wondered whether I would have an ounce of empathy towards Drake as his state of mind is talked about by others, particularly how he seems to forget that his mother, Berthie, died years ago. There are some light, funny moments to balance the solemn, dark moments of "a burned out little cotton town" and incidents caused by the infamous, erratic walking time-bomb Drake who's either going to end up in jail or a mental health facility. The ending, however, gives a different kind of last act for the antagonist but one that will satisfy readers nonetheless. Simply put, a good read that highlights mental illness issues including PTSD.