This 77 page short story by author Jeffery Deaver is a very entertaining read, well written, decent plot and full of detail. Quite often short stories fail for me because they lack plot detail and the characters don’t have enough meat on them to fully satisfy me. Jeffery Deaver and Jeffrey Archer are two authors who manage to overcome those obstacles and both write very good shorter stories and novellas.
Jon Talbot is a history professor who is grieving following the death of his wife Pax. She was driving home late from a volunteer assignment when she plunged off a mountain highway and died. The police reported no suspicious circumstances surrounding her death, they found a dead deer in the road and a blown tyre. But Jon is naturally inquisitive and questions the facts surrounding her death. His digging and questions uncover a twisting trail of secrets and deceit. What he learns that after five years of marriage, he is finally getting to know his wife.
A quick enjoyable read that somehow offers everything that a full length novel does.