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Reviewed by Natalie Soine for Readers' Favorite
In The Kirtland Killer by Donald Rush, on Halloween night, Alice Panabaker is seen at the Great Lakes Mall and followed into the Gildersleeve Mountains. Alice is found murdered alongside the banks of the river with her head under water. Homicide detectives, partners Jake Smith and Wayne Stapleton, investigate Alice’s death which leads them to four other cheerleaders, Brenda Johnson, Mary Logan, Elise McKennie, and Sunny Griffith whom Harold Franczyk had been in love with since elementary school. Harold was bullied and belittled at school by the cheerleaders as well as by Jackson Hayes and Tyron Baker. Jackson and Tyron were the stars of the football team, the Kirtland Hornets, and they dated two of the cheerleaders. But who would want to murder five young women in such a gruesome fashion, without leaving a single trace?
The Kirtland Killer is a fantastic, thrilling novel filled with suspense and intrigue from beginning to end as the Kirtland Killer evades police detectives Jake and Wayne. The characters are described so well that they are easy to relate to and understand, including the cheerleaders and their families who are traumatized by the murders. Author Donald Rush does a great job of creating vivid images of the area, locations, houses, buildings, and events. I especially enjoyed the various points of view from the detectives and the killer, which makes the plot more interesting and unique. The story is smooth flowing and a quick, easy read with a few twists, turns, and surprises to keep things interesting. All round, a riveting novel and highly recommended to all adults.