TWO DAYS GONE

Foreword Reviews - - Foresight Mystery -

Ran­dall Sil­vis, Source­books Soft­cover $15.99 (384pp), 978-1-4926-3973-2

El­e­gant, beau­ti­ful Claire O’patchen Hus­ton is mur­dered one night, along with her three chil­dren, Thomas Jr., Alyssa, and David. The prime sus­pect? Claire’s hus­band, Thomas, who goes on the run just af­ter the mur­ders. Once a man in high stand­ing in the com­mu­nity, Thomas al­most im­me­di­ately be­comes a de­spised out­cast, and the man­hunt for Thomas in­fects a town that only weeks be­fore had held him in the high­est re­gard. Two Days Gone is a quiet, in­tense, sus­pense­ful mys­tery about a man who has lost ev­ery­thing. Rich with de­scrip­tions and at­mos­phere, the novel takes place in a quiet Penn­syl­va­nia town in the “sea­son of surli­ness,” a cold, bleak win­ter, af­ter the afore­men­tioned se­ries of bru­tal mur­ders cap­tures the at­ten­tion of the public. In the man­hunt that fol­lows, there re­mains the ques­tion of who can be trusted, and whether the story the press has al­ready con­cocted about the crime is even ask­ing the right ques­tion.

The two main char­ac­ters, Sergeant Ryan Demarco and Thomas Hus­ton, serve as foils through­out the novel. Demarco is an al­co­holic with an es­tranged wife, while Hus­ton is a revered col­lege pro­fes­sor and nov­el­ist. The lives of the two men clash spec­tac­u­larly in Two Days Gone as Demarco strives to solve the mys­tery in which Hus­ton is the prime sus­pect. Each man has his se­crets and his de­mons, and as the novel goes on, it be­comes in­creas­ingly clear that the men are haunt­ingly sim­i­lar. They are not strangers, ei­ther: Demarco helped Hus­ton with some de­tails about po­lice work in aid of one of Hus­ton’s lat­est nov­els, and the two had de­vel­oped a rap­port only a few months prior to the crime and pur­suit. While Demarco had al­ways en­vied Hus­ton’s fam­ily life, he soon finds him­self in a po­si­tion where, like the rest of the town, he be­comes in­creas­ingly des­per­ate to un­der­stand the depth of the tragedy that be­fell the Hus­ton fam­ily. Two Days Gone is re­lent­less in its sus­pense, and the fi­nal twists in the novel are sure to not dis­ap­point.

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