Stars: 5 out of 5
Pros: The writing puts you in the swamps with Luanne
The Bottom Line:
Travel to the swamp
And read in front of the AC
To solve mystery
Hold Your Breath
Luanne Fogarty is enjoying her time off from teaching at the nearby university by rebuilding her family home deep in the freshwater swamps of northern
As a supplement to her income, she occasionally takes on jobs diving for them.
In what should have been a routine dive, she finds a body tied to an underwater
cave, but the next morning, it's gone. Looking for it in a second cave, she
finds a second body. Is there a connection? And if so, what is it? And who is
the unidentified first woman and where is her body?
This is a wonderful debut book. The plot develops nicely, with clues and red herrings moving the story forward regularly. Luanne and her friends are fully developed.
The real star here, however, is the setting. Ms. Alam is able to bring the swamp to life using all five senses in a way that places you right there without overshadowing the characters or story. I was completely drawn into this world, enjoying every minute of it. And no matter what time of year you read it, you will want a working air conditioner. The descriptions of the heat will make you sweat.