Article published on July 8, 2016.
Tall Oaks is the name of the small American town where three-year-old Harry Monroe has been abducted. His mother, Jess is both at pains to ensure he isn’t forgotten once the media has left and to do everything possible to try and forget the pain she herself is going through. The local policeman, Jim is haunted by the boy’s disappearance, but the other inhabitants of Tall Oaks have their own problems to deal with.
I loved this first novel by Chris Whitaker. It’s so much more than a run-of-the-mill crime/whodunnit novel. Some of the characters are very funny (I defy anyone not to love Manny and his wisecracking quips) and others really make you feel for them – in particular Jerry, the man who works at the local photo shop. The author has done a fantastic job of making the reader feel part of Tall Oaks – I wanted to help Jerry, cheer Manny on and most of all, find out what happened to Harry Monroe. This is an excellent first novel which is funny in parts (and you can’t say that about many crime novels) and one that you’ll want to read in one sitting. Read and enjoy!
Judith Griffith 5/5
Tall Oaks – Chris Whitaker
Twenty7 9781785770302 pbk September 2016