Lamentation by Joe Clifford
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I enjoyed this book. I did not realize it was a series until I finished it. I was a little unhappy with the ending because I felt like I didn't have enough closure. It ended well, but I felt invested in the characters, so I wanted to know what happens next. I'm glad there is a "next book."
Lamentation is about a character in his late 20's, Jay Porter, who makes a living by doing estate removal - getting rid of other people's junk. It's not a steady source of income, so he barely makes ends meet. His ex-girlfriend left him and took their baby son with her. She is now living with someone else. Jay and his brother Chris lost their parents in a car accident about 20 years prior when Jay was only 8 years old. Jay is a solid, trustworthy guy, but his brother is a junkie who is full of conspiracy theories. When Chris is accused of murdering his business partner, Jay's tempted to wash his hands of the whole situation. In the end, the bonds of brotherhood compel him to help Chris, but now, Chris is missing and hasn't been seen for days. Chris also has a secret that could turn the town of Ashton upside down, if he is to be believed.
Although Clifford gets the action started right away, it just seemed so depressing at first. The characters are all down on their luck for one reason or another, and there doesn't seem to be a way out. But of course, there is. The action keeps you glued to the book despite a dreary beginning. It's very easy to read and understand, and the characters are relatable and realistic. There's a little romance, some camaraderie, but mostly suspense, which is what I like best.
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