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Saturday, August 8, 2020

Book Review -- Pearl River Mansion By Richard Schwartz


Detective Jack Kendall and his assistant, Stacy Young, receive a disturbing call that opens the door to a missing persons case that has tugged at the heartstrings of Mississippi and the entire nation. Now Jack and Stacy hold the key to the most shocking, complex, and emotional case of their careers, and they are all in! As the only heir of Joan Chandler, Tyler Chandler stands to inherit everything a man could want, including Pearl River Mansion a 450-acre, post-Civil War estate that sits at the end of one of the many fingers of the Pearl River. Tyler's mother makes a game out of controlling people by trading on her wealth, but Tyler refuses her money which always comes with strings and struggles to make it on his own, trading instead on his intelligence and exceptional good looks. But he's not as good at the game as she is and finds himself trapped in a marriage that infuriates his mother. It is a destructive battle of wills, and just when Tyler believes he's winning, fate intercedes... And for the second time in her life, Joan finds a purpose for the alligators that have kept her well away from the water's edge and the stakes keep rising.


This book is written so well, it will haunt you in your dreams. I love reading books that will leave the hair on the back of your neck standing. This book is 2nd in the series, but I have not read the first book and I did not have a problem following along. This book we meet Tyler and Sarah. They are a married couple that have twins, Rachel and Cody. They live in a trailer, and life really isn't that great for them. Sarah seems to always make sure Tyler's happiness is above her own. She is not always great to her children. This part of the story really bothered me. As a mom, I can't imagine it. It broke my heart, especially for Rachel, who is clearly NOT the favorite. Tyler has clearly been a disappointment to his manipulative mother. He grew up at Pearl River Mansion, which is a Post Civil War estate. Tyler stands to inherit more then a man can ever imagine. 

Rachel's life takes a turn when Sarah passes away, and her father tells her that she is not wanted. When she goes to live with one of her grand parents - she goes missing. Who took Rachel? Can they find her? Detective Jack Kendall and his assistant, Stacy Young, are placed on the case - and they were probably my favorite characters. 

This book played with my emotions, in a good way. Just when I thought that things were figured out, BOOM plot change. The author has done a great job in throwing you off the trail. It is a book filled with twists, turns, murder, abuse and family drama. Be prepared to go on a roller coaster. 

I received a copy of this book through the Publisher, Mascot Books. All thoughts are my own, 

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