A Killing in the Hills – Bell Elkins by Julia Keller

You are hooked into the story straight away as the first character you meet is in a coffee shop and this character’s musings lead you to suspect something unexpected will occur within the next minute! The author gives everything true-life shape and solidity as she describes the events, it is almost like being there. Everything was so well described I felt that I was there alongside every character, party to their thoughts and deeds and plans.
In some places I found it a little too dark, gritty and sordid, it bit too much like life!
The ending of the main story was a complete surprise to me though, I could not have guessed the outcome of the case and what a shock too!
If you like a good crime story I doubt that you will be disappointed by this one. I am looking forward to the next book in the series. Oh, and I read this book in one day!

4/5 Stars

Official synopsis:-
In A Killing in the Hills, a powerful, intricate debut from Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Julia Keller, a mother and a daughter try to do right by a town and each other before it’s too late.

What’s happening in Acker’s Gap, West Virginia? Three elderly men are gunned down over their coffee at a local diner, and seemingly half the town is there to witness the act. Still, it happened so fast, and no one seems to have gotten a good look at the shooter. Was it random? Was it connected to the spate of drug violence plaguing poor areas of the country just like Acker’s Gap? Or were Dean Streeter, Shorty McClurg, and Lee Rader targeted somehow?One of the witnesses to the brutal incident was Carla Elkins, teenaged daughter of Bell Elkins, the prosecuting attorney for Raythune County, WV. Carla was shocked and horrified by what she saw, but after a few days, she begins to recover enough to believe that she might be uniquely placed to help her mother do her job.

After all, what better way to repair their fragile, damaged relationship? But could Carla also end up doing more harm than good—in fact, putting her own life in danger?


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