Reviewed by: BigAl
Genre: Literary Fiction/Psychological Thriller
Approximate word count: 145-150,000 words
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“Michael Reilly was born in Dublin, Ireland. He lives in County Cavan, Ireland. Misisipi is his first novel.”
For more, try Reilly’s Misisipi Facebook page.
“A tragic childhood act has been rippling out across 25 years and now, in New Orleans on the eve of Hurricane Katrina, it's a tidal wave which will engulf everyone it touches.
Julianna Jameson is leaving home. She packs a bag. She books a flight. She leaves a note on the kitchen counter. She departs her Boston home and disappears, without a warning, without a goodbye.
For husband Scott, the initial shock carries a strange relief: their slide--from storybook soul mates to virtual strangers--could only end one way and it's been a long time coming. And anyway, Julianna has always been... unconventional.
All that remains is to decipher the meaning behind her cryptic note. But that's before Scott finds evidence of her secret other actions on the day she left. A torrent of discovery shows just how little of Julianna's past he truly knew. They also cast a whole different light on the couple's present difficulties and offer Scott a sliver of hope for rescuing their future.”
The one word to summarize Misisipi would have to be different. I was never certain where the story was headed. The protagonist, Scott, was just as mystified as I was and we were both on edge as he peeled back layer after layer of his wife’s history, fitting pieces together, and time after time discovering he still wasn’t to the end of his quest. As with any good psychological thriller, the dangers Scott encountered and was forced to overcome were not only physical, but mentally draining.
If Misisipi has a downside (other than the title which I think must be a purposeful misspelling of the river as it is often pronounced) it is length, which felt on the long side for a thriller.
Some adult language and content.
A small number of typos and other proofing and copyediting misses.
Rating: **** Four Stars