Money Creek – Anne Laughlin

Rating: 4 out of 5.
It seems odd to say I enjoyed a book that is full of unhappy, tense topics and situations but I found myself drawn in and unable to put the book down, despite my continuing apprehension about how things would turn out. Clare is a lawyer in a big city firm struggling with a drug addiction, who decides to take up a job in the small town of Money Creek.

I haven’t read Laughlin before so I can’t comment as to whether this fits into the usual tone of her books, but I’ll be picking up some more to find out, as whilst the topic of drugs and addiction is at times difficult to read about, I enjoyed the narrative. There are many different characters, but I was impressed that they weren’t difficult to keep track of and I appreciated the descriptions of small town life and how everyone hears about everything. Laughlin writes in a style I really like and I welcomed her writing on addiction, Clare’s feelings, motives and decisions and how the trade operates.

The book is written from many different points of view, which was done well enough that it didn’t become confusing. I found it slightly odd at times that one of the points of view was from a male, but I got used to it. There is some romance in the book, but the thriller aspect is the larger part. I enjoyed Clare and Freya getting to know each other and would be interested in hearing more about them in a future book. I really appreciated the ending – I don’t want to give anything away – but it felt like an appropriate, real life ending.

I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys a well written thriller with some romance on the outskirts of the story.

I received an e-ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.