Centralia by Mike Dellosso

Book description:

Peter Ryan wakes up on a typical morning only to find his house empty, his wife and daughter nowhere to be found. His world is shattered after a phone call to a friend confirms the impossible: his wife and daughter died in a car accident he does not remember. Haunted by faint memories and flashes of details, Peter becomes convinced that something isn’t right and begins to question reality. When he discovers a note in his daughter’s handwriting, strange memories begin to surface that cause him to second-guess nearly everything he once believed. Suddenly armed men show up at Peter’s home, turning the mysterious puzzle of his past into a dangerous game of cat and mouse. On the run and unsure whom to trust, Peter has to discover what’s real and what isn’t . . . before he loses everything.

My review:

This is one of those fast-paced books that you can’t put down once you start it.  The premise behind it is so intriguing, with the wife and child missing and Peter discovering they are dead, but not really.

I don’t read a lot of this genre of books, because they are not usually my favorite.  However, I thoroughly enjoyed this one.  I have to admit that I skimmed over some of the fighting scenes, but other than that I absorbed every word.  This is one of those books that I had no idea how it was going to turn out.  It takes you on a wild ride until you don’t really know what is real or not.  All of the different information that Peter learns on his quest to discover the truth about his wife and daughter seems plausible and accurate, so it was impossible to guess where he would end up.

The only slightly negative thing I might add is that the back and forth might have gone on just a little too long.  The editor could have cut out about fifty pages without losing any of the story at all.

Fans of action/adventure/mystery/thriller novels should not pass this one up.  It is very interesting and one of the best  of the genre I’ve read in a long time.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Tyndale Publishers in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions are my own.

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