Crash by Keith Houghton

Setting: New York City
Genre: Suspense/Mystery
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
Author: Keith Houghton
Release Date: January 18, 2018

Crash makes me ask two questions. Do I simply read too many suspense/mystery/thriller novels or did I miss my calling as an investigator? In what could have been a puzzling mystery, I ended up finding a book where I predicted the outcome way too early.

Jed Allen "wakes up" in his office. He can't remember anything of his past. A note and items in his office are all he has to guide him on his way.

It turns out Jed suffers from intermittent amnesia. Usually, the spells last minutes, maybe hours, but this time is different. One hour stretches into two. All he can find to help him is the name of his girlfriend, Cassie, but she's nowhere to be found.

Jed sets off to unravel the truth. There's a killer at large in the city. When he finds a dress covered in blood hiding in his trunk, he suspects he could be the killer. With Cassie missing and grim evidence mounting against him, Jed needs to know what's going on.

That's the premise in this psychological thriller. I admit the novel starts out with a bang. I was instantly intrigued by Jed and Cassie's mystery. As I spent more time viewing Jed's life from his point of view, I found myself slightly disgusted by his actions. He does things that make him unlikable. I found myself cheering on detectives and hoping they'd put him into jail. Probably not a great reaction to have with the hero of a book.

There's another character in the book who adds to the mystery. This guy seems almost homeless and is on a mission of his own. I figured out who he was long before I think I was supposed to know.

Crash lost me when I pinpointed the killer's identity. It seemed too early to know who the killer was. It also came off, to me at least, as a little predictable. At that point, I lost interest and couldn't regain it. That led to a struggle to finish the novel.

The novel had promise, but in the end, it was something I liked but never loved. It's not a book I'd read again.


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