By Kelly Bridgewater
As ever more eerie incidents begin afflicting the area, each works to draw Savannah out of her seclusion and raise the stakes—for both Savannah and the surrounding community. Even as Savannah’s new boarder, Clive Miller, makes her feel things she thought long forgotten, she suspects he’s hiding something too, and he’s not the only one. Doubts collide in Savannah’s mind: Who can she really trust?
As secrets emerge and danger closes in, Savannah must choose between faith and uncertainty. One wrong decision might spell the end…not just for her, but for everyone around her.
Will she unravel the mystery in time, or will doubt get the best of her?
I have been a fan of Christy Barritt’s writing every since Hazardous Duty, the first book in the Squeaky Clean series was free for the Kindle. I downloaded it and fell in love with the character of Gabby St. Clair. As most readers probably agree, when you find a character you like, you want the writer to keep developing that character or include them in up-coming books, so you can travel with them longer. Gabby St. Clair has become one of those characters for me. I love her spunkiness, but her ability to see the best in others, even though she has had some doubts in her own life. Barritt has created nine books in the Squeaky Clean Mysteries right now with more in the works. Yeah!
But today, I will be reviewing her latest full-length novel, Dubiosity, published by Waterfall press, which is a new publishing company for Amazon.
Barritt’s prose and dialogue flowed smoothly. When the readers were following Savannah’s point of view, we understand her fears, doubts, and struggles. Barritt’s scenes flow from one person to the next without getting lost in the plot. I followed the story from scene to scene without losing my place at all.
As for the characters of Savannah and Clive, I truly enjoyed them. Savannah, as an ex-reporter, was a character that I could empathize with. Savannah was a bruised and broken character who lived with the choices from her past. On the other hand, Clive was a wonderful hero, who slowly knocked down the walls around Savannah’s heart. He patiently waited for her to come around and know what a wonderful man he was, even though there are dark skeletons in Clive’s closet too. Savannah and Clive grow and develop spiritually and emotionally as individual while the tension piles higher and higher as the book progresses.
As for the tension and pace of the mystery, it started off with a bang. Barritt grabs your attention at the end of the first chapter with a cliff-hanger that spurs the tension throughout the rest of the plot. The suspense slowed down in the middle of the story as Savannah and Clive tried to follow the evidence. Luckily for the reader, there was a satisfying ending with a moment of doubt for Savannah’s safety while worrying if she would survive or not. I would recommend the book to anyone who wants to lose themselves for a couple hours in a mystery.
Christy Barritt writers another mystery with humbled characters on the hunt for the truth, both spiritually and realistic, while risking their own lives. The tension of the mystery will keep the readers turning the pages, but the characters of Clive and Savannah will draw the readers back to the story as the readers will want to know what happens between them romantically. Another mystery hit out of the park by Christy Barritt.
I received an ARC from Christy Barritt, in exchange, for an honest review of Dubiosity.
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