Saturday, May 9, 2009

The 37th Hour by Jodi Compton

I can't remember where I heard about The 37th Hour, though I suspect it may have been through a book blog or perhaps The Mystery Scene magazine. The premise grabbed me, though, and I found it at my local library. It was a quick read, and a good one, and I give it a B+.

From Amazon:
On a chilly Minnesota morning, Sarah comes home to the house she shares with her husband and fellow cop, Michael Shiloh. Shiloh was supposed to be in Virginia, starting his training with the FBI. A seasoned missing-persons investigator, Sarah is used to anxious calls from wives and parents. She used to innocent explanations that resolve so many of her cases. But from the moment she learns that he never arrived in Quantico, she feels a terrible foreboding. Now, beneath the bed in which they make love, Sarah finds Shiloh's neatly packed bag. And in that instant the cop in her knows: Her husband has disappeared.
Suddenly Sarah finds herself at the beginning of the kind of investigation she has made so often. The kind that she and her ex-partner, Genevive, solved routinely-- until a brutal crime stole Genevieve's daughter and ended her career. The kind that pries open family secrets and hidden lives. For Sarah this investigation will mean going back to the beginning, to Shiloh's religion-steeped childhood in Utah, the rift that separated him from his family-- and the one horrifying case that struck too close to home for them both. As Sarah turns over more and more unknown ground in her husband's past, she sees her lover and friend change before her eyes. And as she moves further down a trail of shocking surprises and bitter revelations, Sarah is about to discover that her worst fear---that Shiloh is dead--- maybe less painful than what she is going to learn next...

There were a lot of different storylines running through the book and at first, I was a bit confused and thought that maybe I was missing something. However, as the story continued to develop, you can see how all of the pieces begin to fit together. I really enjoyed Sarah and was rooting for her. She was a good character who, despite her faults, was likeable and easy to relate to. The mystery was a good one and it kept me turning the pages. The reason why I marked the book down a bit was because the ending really, really left me hanging. I assume there will be a follow up to this book and I am now going to have to be on the lookout for it. I should warn you, though, that this book is dark and doesn't have many laughs, but it is still a great read.

I am not sure what I am going to read next, though I know it will probably be another library book. I have a stack to choose from but I do plan on jumping right back in to another one. I have all of my weekend cleaning and errands finished so tonight is going to be some reading time! Brunch with my mom tomorrow and then the Red Wings at 5:00! I hope everyone is enjoying what they are reading and Happy Reading!

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