Review of ‘A False Dawn’

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When Sean O’Brien’s wife died of ovarian cancer, he left his job as a Miami homicide detective and moved with his dog Max to a shack on a river in central Florida. He’d promised his wife that he would avoid the darkness, but when he comes across a dying young girl, he promises her that he’ll find out who so viciously attacked her. In doing so, he must not only break his promise to his wife, but he must dive back into a case that haunts him from his past.

A False Dawn by Tom Lowe is a suspenseful thriller with a diverse, and sometimes dysfunctional, cast of characters, with enough twists and turns to please the most jaded lover of this genre. The story would be much better, though, if it had been better edited. Typos, misspellings, and formatting errors detract from what could be a great first novel. The author shows promise, however, and I suspect as he becomes seasoned, Sean O’Brien is a character worth watching.

I enjoyed reading this book, but can only give it three stars because of the structural flaws.


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