Title: Poison Town
Series: The Crittendon Files #2
Author: Creston Mapes
Publisher: David C. Cook
Publication Date: February 1, 2014
Genre: Christian Suspense
Source: Received for an honest review.
Book Description Courtesy of Amazon:
People are sick and dying. Rumors are swirling. Some claim chemicals leaking from a manufacturing plant are causing the cancer that’s crippling people on the poor side of Trenton City, Ohio. Yet nothing at the plant appears amiss.
The problem remains a mystery until reporter Jack Crittendon’s long-time mechanic falls ill and he investigates. Soon Jack becomes engulfed in a smokescreen of lies, setups, greed, and scandal.
The deeper he digs, the more toxic the corruption he uncovers. As he faces off with the big-time players behind the scenes and tries to beat the clock before more people die, he realizes the chillingly unthinkable–he knows too much.
Although I did enjoy the book for the most part, it just didn’t leave me wanting to know more about its’ characters. I didn’t realize it was a series until I was partway through the book, and I don’t plan to go out of the way to buy the next one. I chose to review this book because I really enjoyed a similar storyline from the Erin Brokovich movie. Both follow an investigation of a big corporation accused of being crooked due to its pollution of a nearby town. Turns out, the character portrayals were much better in her story than this one.
There is a Christian element to this story that follows the main character on a soul-searching journey while he tries to decide if he should forgive the villain from the first book who has since turned his life around. There is a disconnect between Jack and his wife because of his inability to forgive up to this point. Though I understood the conflicts they were each struggling with, I just couldn’t find myself forming a connection with either of them. This was frustrating as a reader, because I did connect with some of the secondary characters and found myself wishing the spiritual focus had been on them instead.
Overall, the storyline that revolves around the corporation and its heinous acts that try to cover up their wrongdoing is a gripping one that many readers will enjoy. By itself, I may have given it a 4, but the attempt at merging it with Jack’s personal spiritual struggles just didn’t work for me, so a 3 it is.
HEAT Rating: None
Reviewed By: Daysie W.
Review Courtesy of: My Book Addiction and More