Sunday 4 February 2018

#BookReview The Forsaken by Ace Atkins @aceatkins ‏@PutnamBooks

The Forsaken by Ace Atkins
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Thirty-six years ago, a nameless black man wandered into Jericho, Mississippi, with nothing but the clothes on his back and a pair of paratrooper boots. Less than two days later, he was accused of rape and murder, hunted down by a self-appointed posse, and lynched.

Now evidence has surfaced of his innocence, and county sheriff Quinn Colson sets out not only to identify the stranger’s remains, but to charge those responsible for the lynching. As he starts to uncover old lies and dirty secrets, though, he runs up against fierce opposition from those with the most to lose—and they can play dirty themselves.

Soon Colson will find himself accused of terrible crimes, and the worst part is, the accusations just might stick. As the two investigations come to a head, it is anybody’s guess who will prevail—or even come out of it alive.


I'm the kind of person that read books way out of order. I started with book five, then I got to book three and then I read book four (this one). And that is all the audiobooks that I had so I ordered book one and two and now I'm just waiting for some time over to read them. On the plus side, listening to the audio version of this book was way easier than book five because now I know who is who. The worst problem listening to a couple of books in a series in a row is actually remembering what happened in each of the books.

Sheriff Quinn Colson is contacted by a woman that survived a brutal rape, but had to watch her best friend get killed. Now she wants Quinn to look into the case again because she knows that the wrong man was lynched for the crime. This is not easy said and done, there are deep buried secrets and many people are not happy about this reopening of a closed case.

As I stated in my review for book five is this series perfect if you have read all the Longmire books and looking for something similar. Quinn may not be the new Walt Longmire, but he's a very interesting character, being an ex-soldier that took over the sheriff job after his uncle. His deputy Lillie Virgil is just as tough and cool as Vic from the Longmire series. Together are they a fabulous team. As for the case, it will get very personal for Quinn when he learns that someone in his family may have been there when the man got lynched...

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