by David Balzarini
My Rating: 3.5 Stars
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (July 9, 2013)
Genre: Mystery | Suspense
Paperback: 496 pages
Available from: Amazon
The past is murder. On a beautiful September afternoon at Lake Apache, Colin Wyle is boating with his girlfriend Natalie Merian when she disappears. Natalie’s father, a local politician, uses the opportunity to further his career by starting a media storm, causing panic in the area. Colin and his father, a retired NBA star, come under the microscope as the sheriff investigates. All anyone expects to find is a dead body. Colin’s friends support him, but with no answers to Natalie’s whereabouts and time running out, Colin makes a wreak-less move to find her–he seeks help from a mysterious source, leading him to the truth behind Natalie’s disappearance. Colin has to make the hardest choice of his life: commit a crime or lose her forever. Fifteen years later, Colin lives the good life with a high-profile career in investments and a trophy wife in the waiting. When three new serial murders bring the FBI to the cold Natalie Merian case, Colin must answer questions about what happened at Lake Apache. He will reckon with the past. And his sins.
Discretion by David Balzarini
…And this is why a mystery is called a mystery! David Balzarini has written a tale that seems to be heading in one direction but ends up being on a completely different path that forked in the road somewhere along the line. DISCRETION spans years, going back to a time when one girl simply “vanished,” fingers were pointed at her teen boyfriend. Colin knows he is innocent and with the help of a mysterious voice, he must choose between losing her and committing a crime that he must live with for the rest of his life. It won’t be until similarities arise many years later that the truth behind the abduction will arise, but it will not answer the questions to the “rest of the story” until the very end. Will they all be answered or will Colin hold the final card hidden away?
Colin heard a voice that would direct him, perhaps like an angel on his shoulder, but who or what was this voice and why does it stay with him through the years, guiding him to the successful life he has achieved? Will there be a time of reckoning for Colin? Will he learn the true identity of the being that guides him only to discover he has sold his soul to the devil or has Divine intervention been his guiding force all along?
Certainly an interesting story that manages to be partially veiled in a deep mystery or two until the end! One will wonder about the voice, why are we kept in the dark about its true origin? Why does it seem a blessing at times and evil at others?
Definitely a page turner that had me guessing throughout, David Balzarini both gives intense details on one hand while holding back what seems to be quite a bit on the other. Creative, intriguing and well worth the read!