Sophia Rose will discuss her thoughts on the thriller set in a small, remote town in Alaska with a murderer. Grab some hot chocolate and check out City Under One Roof by Iris Yamashita.
by Iris Yamashita
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A stranded detective tries to solve a murder in a tiny Alaskan town where everyone lives in a single high-rise building, in this gripping debut by an Academy Award–nominated screenwriter.
When a local teenager discovers a severed hand and foot washed up on the shore of the small town of Point Mettier, Alaska, Cara Kennedy is on the case. A detective from Anchorage, she has her own motives for investigating the possible murder in this isolated place, which can be accessed only by a tunnel.
After a blizzard causes the tunnel to close indefinitely, Cara is stuck among the odd and suspicious residents of the town—all 205 of whom live in the same high-rise building and are as icy as the weather. Cara teams up with Point Mettier police officer Joe Barkowski, but before long the investigation is upended by fearsome gang members from a nearby native village.
Haunted by her past, Cara soon discovers that everyone in this town has something to hide. Will she be able to unravel their secrets before she unravels?"
Sophia Rose’s Review
An isolated little town on the edge of Alaska has a killer in their mix. Some mystery scenarios just lend themselves to an uptick in the fear factor and the forced isolation with a murder is one of them. I took one look at the title and blurb and couldn’t help the build of anticipation that reading City Under One Roof did not diminish.
In this standalone, but also fabulous series starter read, police detective on leave Cara Kennedy stirs up a murder mystery that had been safely tucked away as just one of the many deaths that happen frequently in rural Alaska. Her investigation is personal because she suspects the dismembered body found at Point Mettier might have ties to the disappearance and deaths of her husband and son. But, she is well and truly off balance when she ends up isolated due to storms at Point Mettier and staying in the “DaveCo” with the quirky, secretive 209 residences of the ‘City Under One Roof’.
People don’t end up in Point Mettier without a thing or two in their pasts as young teen resident, Amy, can attest. She might have stumbled across the body parts and reported them, but she has her secrets and wants nothing to do with the ‘otter’ police woman and Officer JB’s investigation. Yet, she keeps ending up closeby when events happen.
Third female narrator of the story is unreliable as can be as a woman who was institutionalized after seeing her mom’s boyfriend beat her to death. Lonnie likes her routines and loves her pet moose, Benny. She doesn’t like being stared at or hearing the voices talking about her and she really doesn’t like the questions the poky police woman is asking.
A thrilling and suspenseful mystery that taps into the remote and culturally diverse Alaskan setting and the perspectives of three divergent female characters, this debut novel kept me flipping pages rapidly to get to the heart-stopping finish and denouement that has me eager for the next book. Definitely recommend to mystery fans!
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