Friday, December 2, 2022

Hero Haters by Ken MacQueen Blog Tour/Book Review

I received a gifted copy and am providing a review.

I took a chance on this book as the premise sounded interesting to me. I found myself engrossed and reading 200 pages in a day. I was literally trying to figure out how things tied together as it seemed disjointed in the beginning, but then it finally clicked and I had that a-ha moment … you know the one, where everything ties together and you finally “get” it. There are quite a few smaller stories intermixed with the main one.

Sedgewick Medallions are given to “heroes” throughout the U.S. The medallions represent acts of heroism, which are carefully vetted. One such person who vets for Sedgewick is Jake Ockham. Jake has also returned home to Centralia to work at his Aunt Clara’s local newspaper; his dad happens to be in the area as well. (Check out that backstory, the one between Clara and Roger, Jake’s dad.) Jake is minding his own affairs when a medallion comes up for sale; this is almost unheard of. The thing is … the asking price was way too low. While this is going on, a new doctor comes to town, Tina Doctorow. (Check out her story!) She has ties to the community that run far deeper than anything Jake was expecting.

Essentially, some medallion winners go missing. Sedgewick doesn’t want to get involved. Jake chases the story with the help of Erik to find an answer that he wasn’t expecting, where the past and present collide in what Jake, as a reporter, searches for - the truth.

I will warn readers, however, this book is not for the faint of heart. The descriptions of what happens to some folks is quite realistic, to those who may be more sensitive. I suspect, if it was cast right, this would make for a good movie, creepy, but good.


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1 comment:

  1. Thank so much for the review! This one sounds like such a great book!