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Reviewed by Saifunnissa Hassam for Readers' Favorite
Thomas Hall's novel The Switch is a crime mystery. In 2019, the skeletal remains of a young woman are found in the cement foundation of a parking garage in Stanfield, Massachusetts. The garage was built in 1985 for St. Agnes Hospital by Abbott Constructions. The young woman's DNA cannot be used to identify her as DNA databases were created after 1985. Stanfield Police Detective Dave Munoz calls in retired FBI agent Craig Walker to help investigate the cold case. The two men have worked together on past investigations through an FBI outreach program. Is the young woman's death an accident, suicide, or homicide? Their preliminary research leads to significant pieces of the puzzle. Nevertheless, the mystery remains unresolved. A new crime unexpectedly opens new leads into the 1985 mystery.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Thomas Hall's The Switch for its remarkable characters Detective Dave Munoz and retired FBI agent Craig Walker. I loved their camaraderie, their brainstorming, their give-and-take, their role-playing as prosecutor-defense as part of their method of solving a crime mystery. I liked their openness to explore tangential information in the cold case, and their trust in each other to decide who should handle a particular line of inquiry. I liked the way Thomas Hall brings in other characters, with their own narratives and flashbacks to 1985. The story's tension and suspense grow continuously. The twists and turns ratchet up when a new crime makes the case at once more complicated and provides significant new leads into the cold case. The Switch is a well-crafted and intriguing mystery, gripping, and riveting!