While the people of Redemption, Arizona are at a funeral service, they notice a loud explosion in the distance. On the way to investigate the plane crash, Sheriff Morgan encounters a man running from the crash site. The shoeless man has no memory of who he is, only that he was there to save a man – the one the town had just buried. In the search for how he is to save an already-deceased man, Solomon Creed – the name in the dedication of the Bible he carries – discovers more secrets than answers about the quiet town’s history.
While the title may be in reference to Solomon Creed, the novel involves a much broader cast of characters. The book weaves stories of the widow, the sheriff, the mayor and the gang members into a complex tale. The point-of-view changes with each chapter, allowing the narrative to move along and build momentum. A lot of questions are introduced and, with so many people, admittedly it did take me a little while to keep track of who was who. That being said, the action is definitely there as the mystery starts to unfold.
There were a few things I thought felt a bit odd, but since this is the first of a series, I’m hoping the subsequent books will discuss this more in detail. There are a few random instances where a ghost is spotted which seemed a bit out of place given there was no other indication of anything supernatural in the majority of the book. For the most part, the motivations of the characters made sense. Their situations and circumstances that lead to the secrets they need to keep hidden. However, the widow’s behaviour baffled me. Without going into too much revealing detail, I thought her reaction to meeting the mysterious Solomon Creed was not at all cautious, given that he’s a complete stranger to her and to the town.
Those small aspects aside, the book has a plot filled with deceit and suspicion. The readers follow along as Solomon Creed searches for clues as to who he is and what exactly he’s doing in Redemption. Overall, The Searcher was an intriguing start to the new Solomon Creed series. There are twists and turns, with secrets that only a sleepy small town in the middle of nowhere can really tell. This book would be great for fans of Stephen King, Lee Child and Toyne’s Sanctus Trilogy.
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