Point Roberts


Fiction - Mystery - Murder
418 Pages
Reviewed on 10/07/2020
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Author Biography

Alexander Rigby was born and raised in a small rural town in Northwest Pennsylvania. He currently lives in Seattle, Washington, with his dog, Copper Atticus, and works in book publishing. An avid outdoorsman who enjoys hiking in the wilderness, Alexander is currently on a mission to visit every national park in the United States.

He is the founder and editor-in-chief of Allegory Ridge, which publishes the creative works of the millennial generation. Alexander has written four novels: Point Roberts, Bender, What Happened to Marilyn, and The Second Chances of Priam Wood.

www.arigby.com

    Book Review

Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite

The year 1987 was when the murders started. Five people were killed by the Point Roberts Slayer in February. The killings continued the next two years in the same month, claiming the same number of victims. The mayor of the town took a drastic action; Point Roberts will be locked down every February to prevent murders so no one can leave or enter. The murders stopped; the plan worked, and the town continued to isolate itself from the world every second month of the year for decades. Yet, the murder cases remain unsolved and the identity of the Slayer is still a mystery. That is until a curious 17-year-old Liza Jennings finds The Fifteen, a book that contains details about the killings. Point Roberts is a contemporary mystery tale by Alexander Rigby.

Every crime is a puzzle and the fifteen victims of the Point Roberts Slayer are definitely that. With an intriguing premise and a well-paced plot, the location of the story effectively works as a solid setting for the mysterious murders. The narrative alternates between a number of characters' points-of-view. Liza, Theodore, Colette, Grant, and Maude are well fleshed out and have complex backgrounds that fit the somber mood of Alexander Rigby's Point Roberts. Liza is an easy protagonist to root for. Her inquisitiveness and relentless pursuit of answers earn her an immediate friendship with the older Theodore, a 54-year-old writer who injects a grounded investigation process into the murders. I also gravitated towards Colette who bravely assists Theodore against the repulsive Mayor Schultz, and found Maude's decision to end her seclusion for the sake of finding answers commendable. The truth, however, is much more twisted than the protagonists anticipated. Overall, an engrossing read from beginning to end.