The Boomerang Effect by Lindy Spencer is a great crime novel, which is so different from the norm. Set in small town America, the story follows an ensemble cast as secrets from their past are revealed, slowly layer by layer.
Beginning with a single mindless crime which leaves a young woman in a coma, the ripples radiate to affect every corner of the world Lindy Spencer creates. The characters are highly believable, with three dimensional qualities and flawed pasts that are realistic.
She ties all of the threads together, interweaving an intricate plot that leaves the reader guessing right to the end. Without giving too much away, the whodunit will surprise you!
What is great about this book is that it really gives a vivid and honest portrayal of life in a small American town, without being romanticised or overly descriptive. As a British reader, I found it particularly good that I was not overwhelmed with American pop culture references. These can really put off a UK audience.
The novel was both down to earth and unpretentious, and a real breath of fresh air in the oversaturated crime genre.