Born and raised in southern Oregon farm country, Ellie Spaneker flees her home and abusive husband, unaware she's being tracked by an ex-cop in the hire of her vengeful father-in-law. In Portland, retired homicide detective Skin Kadash fills his idle days drinking coffee and searching for Eager Gillespie, a teen runaway of special interest as the only witness in a trouble
It’s also beautifully written, with fully realized charac...more
Day One is a scary book, more so because it's so possible and it's set right here at home. Ellie is caught in an abusive marriage, afraid to leave the small valley where she grew...more
It's far from perfect, given an incredibly complicated flashback structure that probably makes the reader work too hard, but Cameron makes the effort worth it by creating a handful of characters so frail and damaged and vulnerable and yet hopeful that you can't help but hope they'll find their way throug...more
My favorite part of the book was its structure. The narrative is broken up into different POVs; it alternates between the past and the hours of "Day One," or the present-day arc of the story. As with any good mystery, you have to pay attention; near the end,...more
I agree w/ others' comments that the chapter structure/time-shifting was frustrating/annoying/distracting.
Nevertheless, this is a complex story with some surprising twists. Skin Kadash, now retired from Portland (OR) homicide, remains a richly realized character. While the previous books focused on the urban core, this entry also brings in life and politics in a rural farming community.
(Skin is featured in Chasing Smoke and plays a supporting role in Lost Dogs, Bill Cameron's other fine...more
I read romance. I don't venture far from it. Ever. I can't tell you how happy I am that I found Bill...more
The plot involves a woman fleeing the Klamath Falls area due to an abusive husband who ends up in...more