Thursday, March 5, 2015

Things in Ditches by Jimmy Olsen

Those of you who like murder mysteries and suspense, this will be the book for you to read!  It's not a new novel, but it is certainly a fascinating one that makes you question the many facets of being guilty of a crime.

Dutch Cleland lived in a small town with his wife, Jean.  Their relationship was still somewhat tumultuous even though it had been quite a while since Dutch cheated on his wife with Vicky.  He fell for Vicky and she told him she loved him.  Eventually, though, the hate, rage, and anger that had been lying beneath the surface so long finally erupts and Dutch finished her off, leaving her in a ditch for another to find.  The story goes viral in such a small town.  Murder isn't something that happens in Willow River.  While Dutch holes himself up in the middle of nowhere, a search commences for him and Vicky's now missing body while a blizzard rages on.  There are more dangers in Willow River than Dutch Cleland.  Vicky's husband, Gordon Murdock, and ex-husband, Carroll Johnson, are both in town and while her ex isn't much to worry about, it seems that her current one is.  He's a "reformed rapist" and out to get Dutch along with everyone else.  Only thing is that Murdock will plow through whoever he must to find him.  All the while, Dutch is tying to figure what exactly to do about the whole situation.  Run or stay and face the music?

I received a paperback copy of this book in exchange for an honest review on it and I think this is a very complex tale of murder and intrigue.  It is really interesting how Olsen made it so it was really hard to decide who was bad and who was good and to what depth of either one they were.  In all honesty, pretty much no one in the book is completely good or bad.  Even the chief of police, Charlie Benson, has his flaws, which includes his temper occasionally besting him and clouding any clear thinking when it comes to certain things, especially this particular case.  Everyone thinks that Dutch committed the crime and have him marked as some mad butcher, which is ironic since he is a butcher by trade.  But the guy has his reasons for finally letting loose on Vicky, which comes to light later on.  No one deserves to die like that, but I can only call this woman one thing and that's a home wrecker.  Plain and simple.  I didn't think so at first, but the more you get into the book, the more you feel kind of sorry for all of the men involved with her and the more you dislike her.  Any woman who has no scruples about being married and sleeping with various other men (mostly married ones) and breaking up or messing up marriages is a home wrecker.  That's Vicky.  The detail in this book is also really in depth and makes the story come alive.  It can just as easily disgust you in some scenes as create awe in others.

A solid 5 star read!!

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