The Heart of a Runaway Girl
Independent Book Publishers Association
January 10, 2021
Mystery - Thriller - Suspense
Blue River is a small town powered by a white supremacist and drug ring leader. Able to instill fear in most of the residents, he utilizes them to complete his bidding. Consequently, when a girl is brutally murdered and her Black boyfriend is accused, no one thinks twice, except Mabel.
Mabel is a waitress who met the girl, Karen, and her boyfriend, Winston, the same night Karen was killed. Initially driven by her “gift” of being able to read people, she feels Winston was setup. Determined to prove his innocence, she starts her own investigation. Will she be able to figure out the truth before it is too late?
Addressing some difficult issues, Trevor Wiltzen effectively portrays how the actions of one can produce change in The Heart of a Runaway Girl. Although, unknown if the intent, he cleverly infused the issues within an entertaining mystery novel. Resulting in a quick read, this book is proficiently written, with limited profanity along with minimal spelling and grammatical errors.
None the less, there were times the story seemed a little monotonous. Although pulled through to the end, the plot line slowed throughout the middle. Therefore, a rating of 4 out of 5 stars is given.
Please note, there are references to the following triggers: murder, rape, alcohol and drug use, drug addiction, drug overdose, physical abuse, lynching, racism, and suicide. If triggered by any of these, please use caution.
All things considered enjoyable for any mystery thriller enthusiast and a perfect introduction to the world of Mabel. Eagerly awaiting her next investigation.