Greg Iles has quite a following of devoted fans and for good reason. Cemetery Road, a legal thriller; is a page-turner. The main character speaks of being responsible for his brother’s death, burying his son, backstabbing his friend and hating his father from the very first page. With so much drama being revealed early on; I knew the book was a keeper.
The main character’s life plays out like a romance novel; returning to his hometown and an old flame.Embed from Getty Images
Marshall McEwan, the main character, has returned to his small hometown to help care for his ailing father. His old flame and former friends are now powerful players in town and a murder sets them off on a journey of distrust, scheming and many truths are revealed along the way.
By its midpoint, I was still going strong eager to finish reading. I cared about the main character, but I did notice a trend that I hoped would not become the norm.
There is a lot revealed through dialogue. Every time it happened; it reminded me of the big reveals at the end of Scooby-doo episodes; minus the “meddling kids” slogan. The “bad guys” in the book were constantly confessing to their crimes as if videotaping was nonexistent. In real life, one person with a cellphone set to record could have saved the day early on.Embed from Getty Images
Reviews were mixed on the book due to its mentions of the president.
I didn’t encounter any political mentions until I was closer to the end. Aside from the upset reviews; there were a few lines about minorities where I thought, ouch, I shouldn’t be offended but I am.
When those “few lines” and political mentions appeared in the story, they felt grafted in and unnatural; out-of-place for the characters and story.
Overall it was a page-turner. A little annoyingly so towards the end. I felt myself reading just to get to the end. And, I’m sure those around me were sick of me complaining about yet another twist.
The end.Embed from Getty Images
The ending was truly satisfying, I’ll admit. Would I read it again if I had to? Yes. And, here’s why; I was fully immersed in the world of Marshall McEwan. Ultimately I read for the escape so for those reasons it was a good read.