Good morning and welcome to this week’s edition of In the Books, featuring The Eyes of the Accused (The Ben Whittle Investigation Series Book 2) by Mark Tilbury.
About the Book: Fresh from the horrors of the Revelation Room, private investigators Ben and Maddie are plunged into a disturbing world of terror as they search for missing pregnant girl, Hannah Heath. Drawn to Frank Crowley, an original suspect in Hannah’s disappearance, Maddie is about to learn the true meaning of evil. But all is not what it seems. Crowley is just a small part of something unimaginable. Something so terrible and deranged it defies reason. After Maddie disappears, Ben is left in a desperate race against time to find her and uncover the truth.
My Review: I’ve been looking forward to reading this as soon as I finished the author’s previous book, and I’m happy to say the wait was worth it.
The story is engaging and fast-flowing, meaning the pages practically turn themselves. The author does a phenomenal job at setting the scene by starting with the victim dealing with her abduction and Ben dealing with his father. I thought it was a pretty cool comparison on the two forms of oppression. More than that, the scenes added a contrast in style as the victim’s scenes are dark and foreboding as we’re taken along through her abduction, while Ben’s are humorous in a dark way. I have to admit, I did enjoy watching him and his father go back and forth.
As a fan of the previous book, my favorite character is Maddie. I love her spunk and independent attitude. Now, it’s only fair to say I was warned beforehand that she was going to get into trouble. Still, the author did such a phenomenal job at crafting her story arc that I was shocked and nervous for her throughout.
One thing I think is important to add is how the characters were still dealing with their ordeal in the previous book was refreshing. Too often are the characters largely untouched or taking their problems in stride. In my opinion, doing so kept the story grounded in reality while pushing the limits of his characters. Mark trusts his readers, and for that I’m eternally grateful.