Set in the Summer of 1989, Hawthorn Woods is a story that delves behind the curtain in a seemingly perfect neighborhood. When Francine Haddix comes to stay with her sister for two weeks after her divorce, she finds herself not actually able to focus on her emotions, but on the town itself. Her own pain is put on hold as she begins investigating.
The mystery of this book is not one, but a plethora of hidden secrets behind the doors of this perfectly normal seeming town. Hawthorn Woods is the sort of neighborhood that seems like the perfect Midwest getaway for someone who just needs some time to work through her own feelings and come to terms with the end of her marriage. Francine is far too detective minded to let herself just sit and relax and finders herself uncovering horrifying secrets and wondering if she will even be able to make it to a better future with her life possibly at risk as she continues to surround herself in secrets from behind the doors of the idyllic neighborhood.
Hawthorn Woods is the type of book that cozy mystery readers will love. Patrick Canning is able to bring a story to life that has you guessing about every single person that his main character comes in contact with during her stay with her sister. Francine is the perfect lens for the showing just how insidious things can be behind closed doors. I was completely engrossed by this book and highly recommend it to mystery lovers. You can get your copy of Hawthorn Woods today.