By: Paul Cleave
Narrator: Kris Dyer
Publisher: Orenda Books
Publication Date: 11/09/2023
Format: e-book, audio
My Rating: 4 Stars
Desperate for reward money – and to rescue his marriage – an embattled sheriff takes incalculable risks to find a missing boy. An edge-of-your-seat, twisted and twisty thriller from New Zealand's King of Crime.
Acacia Pines, small town USA. Sheriff Cohen's life is falling apart – his father accidentally burned down the retirement home, his wife has moved out, and his son is bullying other kids at school.
When high-school student, Lucas Connor, is abducted, Cohen sees a chance to get his life back on track – to win back his wife and scoop the reward money offered for Lucas's safe return.
But as the body count rises, it becomes clear that Logan's going to have to make the kind of decision from which there's no coming back ... a decision with deadly consequences...
A furiously paced, edge-of-your-seat thriller exposing the dark underbelly of small-town life, His Favourite Graves is also a twisted and twisty story of father-and-son relationships, and the one last gamble of a desperate man to save everything...
Praise for Paul Cleave
`Moves at a furious pace, even as the walls close in … everything you want from a thriller and it leaves you gasping´
`Uses words as lethal weapons´
—New York Times
`Paul Cleave is an automatic must-read for me´
`Cleave writes the kind of dark, intense thrillers that I never want to end´
`A true page-turner filled with dread, rage, doubt and more twists than the Remutaka Pass´
`Smart and twisty, this book will get under your skin´
`Merits comparison with the work of Patricia Highsmith´
`The sense of dread builds unstoppably´
`Genuinely haunting and lingers in the memory´
`Full of ideas and intelligence´
`A true page-turner´
`Tense, thrilling, touching´
`This very clever novel did my head in time and again´
`This thriller is one to remember´
—New York Journal of Books
About the Author
Paul is Christchurch born and raised, and other than a couple of years when he was living in London and bouncing around Europe a little, he’s always lived there. He started writing at nineteen when a friend asked him the classic question of ‘if there’s anything in life you could do for a living, what would it be?’ The answer was simple. He wanted to be a writer. For the next five years he worked in the evenings on manuscripts that he has promised will never be taken out of the bottom drawer. Back then he wanted to write horror, and it was a few years in when he realised that crime – real life crime – is horror. As he says, people don’t come home from vampire movies and lock their doors to keep them out, but they will come home from a movie like Silence of the Lambs and lock their doors incase the neighbour is planning on eating them. When he made that connection, he turned to writing dark crime fiction, writing first The Killing Hour, and then The Cleaner, in his mid-twenties. Not long after that Paul sold his house and lived with his parents so he could write full time – a gamble that paid off a few years later when Random House signed him up. From that point on he’s written his dark tales set in his home city, introducing Joe Middleton – the Christchurch Carver, and Melissa, and Theodore Tate, and Schroder, and Jerry Gray, among others to the world.
These days he still lives in Christchurch, but generally spends two or three months travelling overseas for book festivals and meeting readers and publishers and talking on stage. He always travels with his frisbee, and throws it in as many countries as he can – often in iconic locations if possible. He’s thrown it on five continents, and in over forty countries – with the goal of throwing it in fifty before he’s 50. He’s also learning to play the guitar, he can hit a golf ball extremely far in the wrong direction, can do some basic card tricks, and he’s pretty handy with a power tool. He hates shopping and hates gardening, he can solve a Rubik’s cube in under two minutes, and plays tennis as well as any six year old can. WEBSITE