The Inn: James Patterson/Candice Fox
Pictures can either enlighten the world about an incident or in this case destroy the life of a Detective who did not think through the actions brought following them through. When called into the Commissioner’s office along with this partner what he is shown if proof that he and Malone, his partner committed more than one crime and the result was termination. The reasons for the firing were not revealed but as the story progresses the reader will learn why Detective William Robinson and his partner Jeremy Malone were fired and that’s where his story takes on a different turn.
Leaving the force Bill and his wife Siobhan move to Gloucester and buy an Inn and this is where events take on a drastically deadly turn as you enter the Inn, meet the residents and learn their innermost secrets, deal with their odd personalities and realize that they are a group of people who form close bonds over the course of the time you get to know them, why they are there and finally how they ban together to save the lives of so many before someone takes them all out and down.
There are so many within the walls of this Inn: Bill who finds himself living in the basement reasons to be divulged later. Susan an ex-FBI agent who still has connections but will not state why she left along with Effie the groundskeeper whose voice was silenced when someone slit her throat. There’s Nick who is dangerous to himself and others because he suffers from bouts of PTSD and maybe more, yet he and Bill are best friends. Neddy who never leaves his room, Angelica the would-be author and writer, Vince in a wheelchair and mobster, and many others that are colorful and you will get to know as the story progresses. Marni a special 15 year old who feels deserted, alone and in need of guidance and yet Bill, whose wife was killed in a freak accident, harbors his feelings, cannot move and in the end the sadness brought on within this novel, the lives that are lost will touch the readers heart as we learn the source of the downfall of this town and why.
Mitchell Cline is a well-known drug lord whose connections go far and whose loyalty to others is limited. Dare to cross him, fail doing a job and your life is over. Doctors, police, pharmacists, drug dealers, kids in need of money are all bonded and bought by him and anyone that dares to give him up might as well make sure they have burial insurance.
Mourning his wife, Siobhan’s death and dealing with the people living in the Inn, we realize that Bill has harbored his feelings and hiding behind his grief not able to often cope with life. When Cline takes on taking out people, he realizes that he has to step up to the plate, find a way to eliminate this drug lord or drug dealer and hopefully protect the residents of the Inn but Cline is relentless, ruthless and thinks he beyond reproach.
As you get to know him you realize he has his priorities in the wrong place and yet his loyalties to the residents and protecting him comes through in the entire novel. Issues of PTSD, drug abuse, loyalties, job security, hope, survival, drugs, opioids, prescription drugs, overdoses and the dangers to young people, all are part of what makes this novel outstanding. Nick served in Iraq and the authors portray his flashbacks and incidents in detail, graphically and realistically that Bill becomes concerned about having him live in the Inn hoping no one gets hurt when his attacks occur. Susan and her friend Effie play an important role when things get dangerous but the Sheriff is weak, not able to outsmart, out plot Cline and even with interviewing and questioning witnesses when the death toll rises high, he’s helpless and Bill, Nick, Susan and even a corrupt doctor working for him have to take the reins hoping to bring him down but will they survive? Each character has his/her own strengths and flaws making them more realistic, Effie and Susan have a bond but what is it. The Sheriff is living there since his divorce and often needs someone to just be there to listen to him. Neddy never leaves his room until he must in one case. Angelica, Vince the ex-mobster and the retired doctor that proves disloyal as we get to know the motives behind those who work for Cline and why.
Drugs are at the heart of this story, fentanyl, carfentanyl, and mescaline and others. Deadly drugs that take the lives of so many and Cline could care less. So, Nick and Bill devise several plans, are called in to help with community problems as one young man goes berserk, his mother calls needing his help and the scene is right out of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. How do you rid the town of Cline who has more than one official bought, seems to escape incarceration and comes up fact to face with Bill and Nick daring them to try and stop him? He’s smart, connected and deadly as he learns that Bill is after him and taking down those close to him is his way of hoping to stop him cold. Even bribing him with 800, 000 dollars he thought and the promise of more would not stop him not after so many people are taken from him.
Can he walk away from his newfound family of odd people and unusual residents? Then his feelings for Susan Solie are stronger and he realizes that he might have a future, but nothing will happen until Cline is taken down, but will that ever occur? No one is safe from his wrath and those that are part of his team, even when hurt feel the final effects of his power. The ending is powerful but first understand the plight of those attached to Cline like Squid a kid caught in the crossfire when making a simple error in judgment and stealing something that might cost him his life in the end. Cline is loyal to know one and those working for him as the authors reveal must fear for their lives every day. He cares for no one until the authors share something hidden about him. But, truths, lies, betrayals and then Malone comes back to deal with their past and the authors reveal why he was fired, Susan’s story but we still do not know much about Effie but she’s quite unique and you must love her. Marni was my favorite character as she was a violinist, like me and you can hear her music and the love she conveyed with every note until someone decided to silence her but why?
The ending will shock readers as Bill, Susan, the doctors, Squid and Nick plus Malone go after Cline but who will survive, who will be sacrificed and who will once again enter the INN? Filled with characters you grow to respect and love, a plot that drives you forward wanting more and the hope that the authors will bring Bill back as you never know when the commissioner might need someone not on the payroll as forgiveness comes in at the end in an unusual way. A must read for Patterson and Fox fans.
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