First, the narrator is difficult to get used to – his interpretation of Terry Sheffield, the protagonist, is fine, but when other characters enter the picture they sound like they came from central casting at Warner Brothers – cartoons. I got used to it and the whole thing turned out quite nicely but …
Terry Sheffield has given everything in England up for the love of his life, Sarah Moore. After they marry months go by before he is finally able to move to California to be with her – only to find she’s missing. She’s not at the airport, not at their new house, not at her job. As a newcomer to the whole country he has some issues but he does have a job – that’s a start.
Before long he makes a friend with the unlikely name of Oscar Meyer, the owner of a miniature golf center. The sheriff is not helpful but he does what he can. Then a dead body shows up and the suspense is on – well – it’s been on since page 1, but it cranks up a notch. the new body is not that of Sarah but some connections develop – and then there are more bodies.
This is a pretty good novel, the characters are engaging and the Wood has a good way with suspense. On the downside, plot although twisted enough, ended up on a rather humdrum note.