Today’s team review is from Terry.
Terry blogs here https://terrytylerbookreviews.blogspot.com/
Terry has been reading Black Rock by David Odle
4 out of 5 stars
The story starts in a classic fashion for this sort of tale – a family en route to somewhere else turns off the road to find a toilet and anything that might ease their journey on a dark and lonely night. The scene is filled with foreboding, and sets the stage nicely for what comes next.
A curious fellow called Benjamin Clark is threatening the town’s Pastor Thomas Loggins – he knows a secret from Loggins’ past, and will reveal it unless the Pastor pays a terrible price. Thing is, Clark has done this before. More than once. Going back many years…
Some don’t agree with my theory that writing talent is something you need to be born with – you can hone it, develop it or ignore it, but if the talent is not innate, you will have a hard time delivering a story in such a way that makes people want to keep turning the pages. Which is what it’s all about. David Odle certainly has this talent – the suspense worked so well, and I was totally invested in the story. Just two aspects let it down, for me, was that it wasn’t very well edited. I felt it could have done with another draft or two, and a more eagle-eyed proofreader. The other disappointment was the lack of resolution about Benjamin. It’s hard to explain this without giving the plot away, but I needed to know more about his history and motivation than I was told.
All in all, though, it’s a good book, and I’d recommend it for the storytelling quality alone.
We all possess secrets. We lock them away. We bury them into the deep recesses of our mind. We go about our day and pretend they aren’t there.
That’s exactly what Thomas Loggins was doing. Going about his days. The head pastor of a small church in a small town. A family man, with a loving wife and a wonderful daughter.
Until one day, that all changed. It began as a typical meeting with a new member of the congregation. But Thomas soon realized this was anything but typical. This man knew things. Things that nobody should know. And he was making impossible demands.
Thomas’s simple life in the quaint town of Black Rock crashes into life or death when the stranger utters, “I know your secrets, pastor, and it’s time to pay the price…”