The Long Way Home

A Samantha Church Mystery Book 6

Fiction - Mystery - Sleuth
303 Pages
Reviewed on 01/17/2022
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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

The Long Way Home is a work of fiction in the mystery and suspense subgenres and was penned by author Betta Ferrendelli. It is intended for the general adult reading audience and forms the sixth installment of the Samantha Church Mystery series. In a chilling and thrilling novel with sleuthing and raw emotion at its heart, our protagonist Samantha Church is still reeling from the death of a dear friend and co-worker. On her journey to healing, Sam goes in search of her friend’s younger sister, Jenny, but this decision leads Sam into an intricate web of underworld networks and shady dealings in both the past and the present day.

If you’re a fan of slow-burning mysteries that build and build until you suddenly can’t look away, then this is the book for you. Author Betta Ferrendelli delivers a carefully-plotted story that has a great amount of detail, sensational pacing, and suspense, but also manages to still feel natural as it flows along, never forcing the audience into conventions of the plot. This is aided enormously by the loving work put into the portrayal of protagonist Sam, her emotional state, her loves and losses, which are sure to touch the heart of any mystery/thriller reader seeking a capable-but-vulnerable heroine at the center of events. I also really enjoyed the mystery around Jenny and her development as a character, and the Texan setting was full of vivid characters and life. Overall, I would definitely recommend The Long Way Home for fans of the existing series and newcomers to this great author.

Sherri Fulmer Moorer

Reporter Samantha Church embarks on a new year with a resolution unlike any other: to find the sister of her coworker who passed away almost four months earlier. She hopes that finding Jenny, her coworker's sister, will help her move through her grief and find life and motivation on the other side of a horrible accident that she feels is her fault. With the blessing of her family and her boss, Wilson, she flies from Denver to El Paso to find a woman who may not know that she has family and roots in the United States. But what starts out as a search for a long-lost sister turns into something more sinister and cruel than she could have ever imagined. Aided by new friends and fortuitous circumstances, her quest continues in an exciting journey titled The Long Way Home by Betta Ferrendelli.

I enjoyed The Long Way home because it was a well-paced, captivating story with intriguing characters. Betta Ferrendelli isn't afraid to take on the tough issues of modern life, and show how they impact people and, worse yet, how these victims can be part of our everyday lives. Sam is a realistic, likable reporter who seems to have just the right balance of determination and compassion that helps her connect with others as she searches for Jenny. I also enjoyed the subplots of the relationships she has with her daughter, family, boss, and coworkers. It's realistic and relatable. This is an excellent, captivating story. I highly recommend it!