Belfa returns to her Appalachia hometown where we meet another character, Lindy. Lindy is a coal miner's daughter who has some secrets that might explode and cause more violence in this small town.
The author wrote a story that was extremely suspenseful. She described the setting of Acker's Gap. It’s a small town that has been struck with poverty. It’s in the beautiful West Virginia Mountains. Acker’s Gap is full of brutality. The problem with the mountains is that no one is enjoying them.
A killer is on the loose and is stalking the small town and its down on their luck townspeople. The town's county prosecutor, Belfa, and her friend, Sheriff Nick, are working to find out who this killer is. If that isn't enough, Belfa's sister is coming home from prison. The author gives you a lot of characters, described quite well, for the reader to get their teeth into and go along with them as they try to put the killer to justice. The beautiful but brutal little town has a killer who walks side by side with the citizens. The killer demands their due. DEATH!
The author did a wonderful job of combining the beautiful mountains that were filled with danger. It wasn't a perfect place, lovely yes, but not perfect. Far from it when a killer comes and goes as he pleases.
Overall this is a suspense I can recommend to others.
High summer in Acker's Gap, West Virginia—but no one's enjoying the rugged natural landscape. Not while a killer stalks the small town and its hard-luck inhabitants. County prosecutor Bell Elkins and Sheriff Nick Fogelsong are stymied by a murderer who seems to come and go like smoke on the mountain. At the same time, Bell must deal with the return from prison of her sister, Shirley—who, like Bell, carries the indelible scars of a savage past.
In Summer of the Dead, the third Julia Keller mystery chronicling the journey of Bell Elkins and her return to her Appalachian hometown, we also meet Lindy Crabtree—a coal miner's daughter with dark secrets of her own, secrets that threaten to explode into even more violence.
Acker's Gap is a place of loveliness and brutality, of isolation and fierce attachments—a place where the dead rub shoulders with the living, and demand their due.