Review – The Precipice: A Novel by Paul Doiron

The Precipice: A Novel by Paul Doiron (audio edition)
Read by Henry Leyva
Mike Bowditch #6

Genre: Mystery / Thriller
Rating: **** (4 of 5 stars)

***NOTE: I won my copy in a Goodreads First to Read Giveaway***

Mike Bowditch is a Maine game warden along the Appalachian Trail. When two young female hikers go missing, Mike and his girlfriend, wildlife biologist Stacey Stevens, join in the search. Once the bodies are found with teeth marks on the bones, the locals fear they may have been killed by coyotes. Stacey is sure that they weren’t, and both she and Mike continue investigating, determined to find the truth of what happened to the two young women.

This was a well-written thriller, with believable characters and an interesting locale. The narrator did a nice job keeping his Maine accent where needed, without being over the top or distracting.

I didn’t realize when I first started listening that this was book #6, but it was easy enough to figure out from the frequent references to Mike’s past that it wasn’t the beginning of a series. The book worked fine as a standalone novel, but I think I would have liked it even more had I read some of the earlier novels first. I will probably read more in this series, but I will start back at the beginning so I can watch Mike grow up into the man he is in this novel.

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