Red Rain by Toby Neal
Red Rain is a well-written, fast-paced mystery that keeps the reader on the edge of his seat with quite a number of twists and turns along the way, with the final resolution coming at the very end. A true page-turner—that had me fooled!
In Hawaii, a red rain means the death, change, or birth of a chief.
The last thing detective Lei Texeira wants to do while her husband is overseas is deal with a child homicide cold case—but she gets one anyway, and it takes her beyond her personal limits. Meanwhile, Lieutenant Michael Stevens finds himself in a world filled with every kind of threat from crocodiles to kidnappers, and just getting home alive would be a miracle.
“Toby Neal is known for well-crafted and emotionally charged mysteries, and Red Rain may be her best yet. Neal gives us two suspenseful and unpredictable storylines, equally taut with intrigue and masterfully told, woven together in an intricately carved puzzle filled with the kind of inner character exploration we expect from a Lei Crime story. Neal pulls out all the stops on this one!” ~M. L. Doyle, author of the Master Sergeant Harper Mysteries
Review by bahwm:
Red Rain is a sequel to her previous Lei Crime Series #10, Bone Hook, a cliffhanger—and what a cliffhanger it is! Fortunately, I finished reading Bone Hook the week before I received Red Rain, so I didn’t have to wait too long for the resolution! Red Rain is a well-written, fast-paced mystery that keeps the reader on the edge of his seat with quite a number of twists and turns along the way, with the final resolution coming at the very end. A true page-turner—that had me fooled!
Red Rain weaves together two suspenseful storylines: that of Lei Texeira and that of her husband, Michael Stevens. Lei is assigned to work a child homicide cold-case while Michael is off to some unknown location to help train friendly operatives. Both are forced to deal with many physical and mental challenges.
Red Rain departs from many of Neal’s books in that we are now inside Michael Stevens’s head. We are allowed to get into his innermost thoughts, feelings and emotions. This is a stroke of genius, coming from a woman writer, especially since her stories are told mostly from Lei’s perspective.
Red Rain can be read as a stand-alone book, but be sure to read Bone Hook first. You’ll be glad that you did! I will be reading this book again—there is so much excellent character exploration and development that I want to experience it again! Kudos, Toby, on another well-written mystery!
Review by F.M. Pepoon:
Toby Neal continues in this book the story from Bone Hook, so read Bone Hook first if you haven’t yet. As with all the books in the Lei Crime Series, the plot is carefully crafted and seamlessly sewn, so that it pulls the reader along in the story.
Plan on not being able to put down this book! And as with the other books in this series, the character development is extraordinary. The reader feels as if the characters are real, friends and family that, as we read through the series, we know as well as any in the physical world.
This book picks up from the cliffhanger in Bone Hook and immediately begins racing along at a breakneck pace. The two primary stories are about Lei, a homicide detective, and her husband, Stevens, and without giving anything away, these stories occur in different spaces but are skillfully woven together.
Both Lei and Stevens have personal issues that they need to resolve in order to move forward both personally and professionally. What I love about this book is instead of seeing the story from Lei’s perspective, we are now hearing Stevens’ story, and it is fascinating.
Red Rain is a continuation of Toby Neal’s excellent storytelling, and yet there are larger forces at work here, too. Toby’s writing continues to evolve through each book and the reader can see that evolution.
It’s clear Toby doesn’t want to rest on her laurels, nor will she be content to maintain her writing at the excellent level she’s reached – she wants to prove she’s a top writer not just in the crime genre, but in the fiction genre, and she’s done it in my opinion.