May 13, 2014

Until She Comes Home

"...but I don't think you realize how our street has changed." ~ pg. 243

It would have been a while before I discovered Until She Comes Home if it weren't for Chickadee asking if I'd read the mystery book that takes place in Detroit. Before committing to reading a book, I always check reviews and star ratings. The 300+ 3-star reviews didn't help. But I am often curious to read books set in my city. So I checked my local library and borrowed Until She Comes Home by Lori Roy. It is a suspense novel in which a pair of seemingly unrelated murders threaten a peaceful Detroit neighborhood (Alder Avenue to be exact).

The residents of this peaceful neighborhood have a routine. Payday is every Wednesday for the men. Every morning the ladies travel to Willingham Avenue by bus to do their daily shopping. And every evening between 5:00 p.m. and 5:45 p.m., husbands are pulling into their driveways after work at the factory. Grace is expecting her firstborn. Julia is a happy aunt to twin nieces. Malina is the stylish housewife that smiles and hosts bake sales, but secretly suspects her husband has a baby outside of their marriage.

A dark cloud hovers over Alder Avenue when childlike Elizabeth disappears while in the care of Grace and Julia. A recent murder of a black woman at the factory where their husbands work may be related to Elizabeth's disappearance. The husband search around-the-clock. Little does the Detroit neighborhood know, Grace knows exactly what happened.

I love a good mystery. So I am very critical when it comes to reviewing books in this genre. Perhaps my expectations are far too great. Until She Comes Home is just okay. It is not a mystery that will have your mind full of theories. It is not as suspenseful as the front matter claims. It is not haunting. Most disappointing of all, there was little reference to Detroit.

Title: Until She Comes Home
Author: Lori Roy
Published: June 2013
Pages: 338
Edition: Hardcover
Rating: ♥♥


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