What I really liked about this book is that the focus is shifted on the underdog and I found myself as a reader rooting for him. Carmen has to overcome powerful governmental forces as he’s wrongfully accused of the murder of his girlfriend, Jillian. But who is Jillian and what are the secrets she kept from him while still alive? A good thriller, well-written, realistic, well-researched, and executed, that does not disappoint. – Amazon Review
When his girlfriend, Jillian Russo, washes up on the shore of the Merrimack River in Essex County, Massachusetts, Carmen Vaughn immediately finds himself the main suspect in her murder investigation. Desperate, he turns to his college professor and former criminal prosecutor, Timothy Pickering, for help clearing his name and figuring out what really happened.
Against his family’s wishes, Pickering decides to help and recruits Adrian Watson, a private investigator who’s worked other government cases in the past. Despite their diligent work, the prosecutors on Jillian’s case manage to stay one step ahead as lead attorney Victoria Donovan conspires to bury vital evidence that could acquit Carmen of the charges. As the investigation progresses, Pickering and Watson suspect that someone else was dating and likely killed Jillian . . . but knowing it and proving it are two different matters, and time is running out.
The story revolves around a murder mystery of a girl whose primary suspect is her boyfriend. The murder ensues at the beginning of a thriller filled with mystery, drama, and shocking lies. I felt the story was engaging right from the beginning. The way story develops and the shocking revelations made it a delightful read for me.
The writer fabricated each character with absolute brilliance. The story progresses at a good pace and didn’t feel monotonous even for a minute. In the heat of excitement and curiosity to know I completed the whole book in just two days. -Amazon Review
About the Author
John Crossan is your classic New England Yankee.
Growing up, he divided his time between Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Coastal Maine, After graduating with honors from both college and law school, he spent several years working as a litigator in New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Ultimately, he decided to put the practice of law behind him and pursue a career as a writer.
A River of Lies is his first foray into the world of fiction.
John currently resides along the New England coast with his family.