Title: Reese’s Leap
Author: Darcy Scott
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by Jen Blood, author of the bestselling Erin Solomon mysteries. To read more reviews by Jen, visit her website at www.jenblood.com.
Darcy Scott’s mystery REESE’S LEAP is a pressure cooker of a novel, starting out slow with rich, evocative imagery, a cast of intriguing—and occasionally maddening—characters, and a one-line treatment that can’t begin to convey the twists, turns, and back-stories Scott has deftly woven together. That treatment? Two men are stranded during a Women Only retreat weekend on Mistake Island, Maine, and get more than they bargained for when an unwelcome outsider insinuates himself into the fold.
REESE’S LEAP is the sequel to the highly lauded mystery MATINICUS, and the second in a trilogy featuring the hard-drinking, fatalistic bachelor botanist Gil Hodges. Scott tells this story from multiple perspectives, but the primary point of view belongs to protagonist Gil, who has straightened himself out marginally since his misadventures on Matinicus in the first installment of the series. Additional voices belong to two of the women attending the retreat: Brit and Nora. The switch from perspective to perspective is well-delineated, and Scott has done a fine job of putting the reader inside each of these vastly different individuals.
If you’re looking for a non-stop thrill ride, this is not the novel for you. Rather, Scott does the unthinkable in this age of absurdly short attention spans: She takes the reader on a journey, immersing them so fully in the world of Mistake that every trail can be seen, every macabre twist felt viscerally. At once a compelling work of literature and a haunting, tense mystery, REESE’S LEAP cements Scott as an author of the highest caliber, and absolutely one to watch in 2013. Five stars aren’t nearly enough for this novel.