Dark and intense reading.
When Sam, the proprietor of a local cafe, is shot dead on the street, four strangers become unwitting witnesses to the crime. As the investigation progresses, this quartet of onlookers find themselves not only haunted by the homicide, but pursued by their own pasts.
As they plunge deeper into the reality of his death, all are forced to realize that the loss of Sam is far from their most devastating. Inner anguish reaches a climax point for Ella, Marco, Sarah, and Danny as the answers they are hunting for continue to elude them—and the evidence they hope will vanish refuses to disappear.
My two centsDeath has a strange power over the fate of four strangers; their lives are turned upside down when they witness the murder of Sam, the friendly young man who serves up their daily cup of coffee. Two women and two men who are more than what meets the eye, with their own struggles and harbouring their own secrets, try to shed light on who and why Sam was killed.
One of the strengths of this book is that I couldn't help but get to know the characters very intimately, get into their minds, their struggles, and their pain. It is a little unsettling to read one story ... but five life stories!? It's an intense and unsettling read as none of their stories are pretty.
Verdict: A psychological mystery revolving around the death of a mutual acquaintance, this intense and rather dark novel draws us into the minds of four strangers who must face their own secrets to make sense of themselves. Whodunit? Why? You'll need to read it ... I recommend it. I look forward to more of Hershkovitch's work because of her unique treatment of this novel.
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. My apologies, Leigh, for the delay in getting this review up.