Two weeks before Christmas 1997 and crime is rising in sleepy town Idyll, Connecticut. First, six-year-old Cody Forrand is missing. Cody suffers from a rare nervous system disorder; he cannot feel pain which means he cannot fell the cold like everyone else, which means it’s urgent for him to be found quickly. In other news, there is a break-in on the town’s candy store motivated by anti-gay hate speech, as well as prank calls and vandalism with homophobic slurs targeted on Idyll’s own gay chief of police, Thomas Lynch. It doesn’t help that most of Idyll’s detectives seem to catch a bad case of cold…
I read the first book, Idyll Threats, back in June and I really liked it. I thought it was a good start of a series. Plus, at the end of the first book, Thomas comes out to his detectives — and to that extent, the town. So I was intrigued to read further how Thomas’ life after that announcement.
I definitely loved this book better than the first one. Thomas Lynch as a character grew on me — on the first book, I was quite annoyed with how he dealt with his possible involvement with the crime. In here, at times I thought Thomas to be a little patronizing towards his detectives. Fact, I was very happy when he was scolded by his secretary Mrs. Dunsmore *laugh*. But at other times I knew that Thomas wanted to do his best for this town he had settled in or the cases that came to the department. Thomas may not be perfect, he can be prickly especially when people poke on him (either regarding his sexuality or his professional decisions), but that’s what makes his character feels quite well-balanced for me.
I loved ALL the mystery here — and I loved the procedural investigation that happened for all the cases. It felt realistic — nobody felt like they got the answer out of nowhere; there was frustration when the detectives received wrong tips or witnesses that didn’t provide anything helpful. At one point, the FBI entered the scene because the missing child became a kidnapping of a minor, and even this felt like it should. When I arrived at the revelation and motivation behind the the missing child it kind of broke my heart. That means Gayle was successfuly made me care for the case and everybody involved.
There were a couple of things that I thought didn’t fully answered here … but it didn’t completely ruined my enjoyment.
I hope this series continues *cross fingers*
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Title: Idyll Fears
Author: Stephanie Gayle
Series: Thomas Lynch Series
Genre: Mystery / Suspense / LGBT Fiction
Word Count: 320 pages
Publisher: Seventh Street Publishing
Purchase Links: Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble,
Release Date: September 5, 2017