BOOK REVIEW The Water Tower by Amy Young
The Water Tower
by Amy Young
October 9 - November 3, 2023 Virtual Book Tour
Josie Ashbury was a successful Hollywood actress with a booming career—until an on-set breakdown sends her back to her small Ohio hometown to recover. Taking a job teaching at her old high school, Josie is beginning to put the pieces of her life back together when one of her students dies under suspicious circumstances. The police close the case quickly, without any real answers. Josie is determined to find the truth behind the girl's death.
At the same time, Josie is battling demons of her own. As she faces debilitating insomnia that leaves her with gaps in her memory, she dives into the tangled secrets surrounding the investigation. When she finally unravels the web, she discovers that the truth lies much closer to home than she could have ever imagined.
Praise for The Water Tower:
"Start with a suspicious death of a beloved student, add a devoted former starlet turned drama teacher, and a dash of the police closing the case far too quickly, and you have the makings of a twisting and propulsive mystery. Amy Young’s The Water Tower will keep you flipping the pages to find out who killed the politician’s young daughter, and then have you checking if your teenager is where they should be tonight."
~ Mary Keliikoa, multi-award nominated author of HIDDEN PIECES and the PI Kelly Pruett mystery series
"The Water Tower is an electrifying work of suspense that depicts a wonderful hometown setting. This slow-burn mystery with sparkling prose has a well-crafted plot that is at once engrossing and fully realized from beginning to end. I highly recommend this engaging mystery."
~ David Putnam, Bestselling author of the Bruno Johnson series and Dave Beckett series
In The Water Tower we meet Josie Ashbury. She was a successful Hollywood actress with a booming career until an on-set breakdown sends her back to her small Ohio hometown to recover. She takes a teaching job at her old high school. As the pieces of her life fall back into place one of her students dies under suspicious circumstances. The police want to close the case quickly without an investigation.
Josie is determined to find the truth behind the girl’s death while battling demons of her own. Debilitating insomnia leaves her with gaps in her memory. The more she learns the more she realizes the truth is much closer to home than she believed.
I enjoyed this mystery. The dead girl, being a senator’s daughter added depth to the plot. It also explained the lack of investigation by the police. Josie, unsatisfied with the cover up, decides to investigate on her own. As she digs, she finds herself in big trouble. I like the writing style and short chapters allowed me to read this book quickly. The book is nicely paced and kept me engaged from start to finish.
I also liked the small-town vibe. I’ve lived in small towns and the author does a great job of bringing it alive. It also gave me a bit of nostalgia as I live in the city now. The characters are well developed and played well off one another. I like the book that included relevant topics such as opioids and the dangers of them. I appreciate the way the author handled this with sensitivity.
I look forward to reading more from this author. The book hints that we may see Josie again. I hope we do. I would love for this to become a series and join in on her next adventure!
Overall Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟
Published by: Level Best Books
Publication Date: June 20, 2023
Number of Pages: 290
Series: The Lakeview Mysteries, Book 1
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Amy Young is an author, comedian, and actor based in Cleveland. After spending a decade in Los Angeles working in the entertainment industry and writing her debut novel, The Water Tower, she returned to Ohio to be closer to family. Amy is working on her second book, a thriller, and in her free time she enjoys going to the theatre, bingeing reality TV, and spending time with her husband and many, many cats. She has a B.A. in English from Kenyon College.
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