BOOK REVIEW: THE FAULT TREE
Candence Moran is blind. As many blind people do, she has developed extremely good senses of both smell and hearing. These two “gifts” have helped her in her profession as an auto mechanic, and in The Fault Tree, they help her solve a series of murders. Murders that would have been solved sooner if the police department would have taken her seriously sooner.
Cadence's involvement in the criminal investigation was not voluntary by any means. She was walking home after working late one evening and had just started to cross the street when she first heard someone cry out and a car engine idling, then running feet, followed by laughter and squealing tires as the car sped away. She threw herself to the curb and fortunately was missed by the car. The body of her neighbor is found murdered and it soon becomes clear that Cadence may have been a “witness” of sorts to the crime. A few days later a car intentionally tries to runs her down. Obviously the murderers think she saw them and are afraid. For the rest of the book, the race is on. Will the murderers find her before Cadence convince the police to take her seriously when she reports the things she heard and smelled that night as well as later?
Ure uses extremely short chapters and alternating points of view to help the reader feel the sense of urgency as Cadence tries to solve the case. While we are rooting for Candence, we are regularly switched over to the murderers' voice so that we know where they are and what they are planning. Both the chapter length and the alternating voice helps to build the suspense. While the ending is really a bit over the top, that point can easily be forgiven because the book as a whole is so very entertaining.
It is also worth noting that with Cadence, Ure has done a wonderful job of portraying a blind person. Cadence is someone who has a disability but has found ways to compensate and continues living a productive and normal life.
REVIEWED BY CARYN ST. CLAIR
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