Author: Mira Gibson
Book: Daddy Soda (New Hampshire Mystery #1)
Published: November 2015
Publisher: Mira Gibson
Hannah Cole is a receptionist at the police department in Gilford, New Hampshire. She has worked hard to forget her turbulent upbringing. She has not spoken to her overbearing mother or two half-sisters (Mary and Candice) for years. She only returns to Hermit Lake when fifteen-year-old Mary calls Hannah to tell her that someone has kidnapped their mother, Kendra. Twelve-year-old Candice has stopped talking. This forces Hannah to confront a stepfather she doesn’t trust. She rekindles her relationship with her hold boyfriend, Cody McAlister, who now works as a detective in Sanbornton, New Hampshire. Then, the body parts start arriving, and it’s clear that Kendra won’t be alive much longer. The key to finding the deranged killer may be the catatonic Candice. To solve the psychological puzzle, Hannah must confront a past she doesn’t want to face.
Small-town New Hampshire, as one has never seen it. Mira Gibson has written a psychological thriller, drawing from her own experiences with childhood abuse. Set in Sanbornton, in New Hampshire’s Lakes region, she brings alive a scene of tragedy, abuse, and mental illness. The mystery forces Hannah Cole to confront her demons as she tries to unravel the kidnapping of her mother. The story is well written but has a dense quality to it. There are many disparate elements to it. Mira Gibson does a good job at keeping control of them, but the reader may find it difficult to keep track of them. I found I had to backtrack to see what I missed. It is a good read, though the end is disturbing.