Damned If You Don’t
L&L Dreamspell, January 2012
Hannah Fox can’t quite separate herself from her upbringing. Raised in communes across the country, she’s settled for good in a small town in the Catskill mountains, using old skills learned at her parent’s knee as an activist for community good. As her marriage falls apart, she makes time to volunteer at a battered woman help-line, which is what draws her into a murder mystery involving a young friend, as well a student from the summer school writing class she’s teaching. Who could foresee that solving the murder might not protect her from becoming the next victim?
Hannah is an appealing, almost middle-aged, heroine with a lot on her plate, what with a husband from whom she’s drawn apart and a police detective as a guilty attraction. The cast of fully realized characters in Damned if You Don’t runs the gamut of good and bad, just like you’d meet anywhere. Determining which is which is what puzzles Hannah. Politics in the small town, complete with nepotism and inter-relations rings true. The mystery is a good one, well plotted and paced, with surprising twists. Page is a writer to watch.
Reviewed by Carol Crigger, July 2012.
Author of Three Seconds to Thunder.