Nick Underwood is a college student about to embark on research for his graduation thesis. Jennifer is a younger student who decides to help him. Nick’s grandfather died under suspicious circumstances many years previously, and the main motivation for Nick’s research is to help him uncover the truth. But he gets more than he bargained for. Roy Abercrombie was a powerful oil man in the 1920’s, and his legacy comes back to haunt the Underwoods in the present day, in the form of his Grandson Ray Abercrombie. As the story unfolds, the skeletons just keep pouring out of the closets. Nick, and his friend Lamont, soon get side-tracked in searching for gold that went missing back in the 20’s, whilst Jennifer wants nothing to do with any of it anymore.
The plot pace is a good one, although it is spoiled much of the time by too much description and information. It is enough to know that a character opens a door, we don’t need telling he took hold of the handle, pressed it down, pulled the door toward him, let go of the handle, and walked through. This kind of writing spoils a lot of scenes that would otherwise have been gripping. The writing style is often passive, and suffers from chronic head hopping. The proof reading seems to be non-existent, and it is a long time since I’ve read a book that contains this number of mistakes. It truly felt overwhelming. The character development is good, and I felt I got to know them. I rooted for the likes of Jennifer, Nick, Lamont and Big Willie; whilst I hated the likes of Abercrombie (both Snr and Jnr).
There is frequent use of bad language in the book, and only minor sexual content. As well as the action and suspense, there is an undertone of romance threaded throughout the narrative. Despite the fact that a lot of space was given over to the chemistry between Nick and Jennifer, I felt that this was then dumped part way through the story, and feel it wasn’t given the attention it needed after so much early exposure.
Due to the sheer number of mistakes in this book, as well as the chronic head hopping and passive writing, I feel I can only offer 2.5 stars out of 5—despite the interesting premise and healthy characters. I struggled to keep reading, and had to force myself to see it through to the end.