Wednesday 13 October 2021

Book ~ "Without Warning" (2014) David Rosenfelt

From Goodreads ~ Years ago, Katie Sanford's husband was convicted of the murder of Jenny Robbins, then died himself in prison. It's a small town and memories are long and Katie and Jenny's husband, Chief of Police Jake Robbins, have had to work at putting the tragedy behind them. But it's all brought up again in the wake of a hurricane which has just wreaked havoc on their quiet Maine town. 

Since its founding, Wilton has had a quaint tradition of creating a time capsule every fifty years and the storm unearthed the most recent capsule. As the editor of the local paper, Katie joins Chief Robbins to supervise its opening. Neither of them is prepared for the macabre set of predictions, dating back to months before Jenny's murder, that they find inside. Someone predicted her death, as well as eleven other tragedies, which are still occurring even long after the death of Katie's husband. 

At last, after all these years, Katie has reason to hope that her husband might not have been guilty of Jenny's murder after all. But as she and Jake race to stop the next predictions from coming true, they find themselves caught in a terrifying mind game with no rules ... and life or death consequences.

Wilton is a small town and every 50 years a time capsule is buried.  A hurricane comes through the town and disrupts the time capsule that was buried there about four years ago and a body is found with it.  Jake is the chief of police and wants to get into the time capsule to see if there is anything funky inside it.  Kate is the editor of the local paper and is on hand when it's opened.  Inside are some predictions ... some have already happened (such as the murders of Kate and Jake's spouses, which happened after their deaths) and some, it's assumed, are still to come and Jake wants to make sure they don't, especially when all eyes turn to him as the killer.

I've read many books by this author, mostly his Andy Carpenter series which I enjoy, and this is a stand alone.  I like the writing style and it is written in first person perspective in Jake's voice and third person perspective when the focus is on others.  I thought the "whodunnit" was a bit convoluted, though, and found it unbelievable that the "whodunnit" was able to make it all happen.

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