Reviewed by Dale Lewis
with additional commentary by Dave Dolney, Hope Church, Oakdale, MN
Farraday Road by Ace Collins
"Mr. Collins’ exciting tale will keep you turning the pages..."
Prolific and beloved author Ace Collins extends his reach into the fiction realm with Farraday Road. Mr. Collins’ exciting tale will keep you turning the pages to quickly finish what turns into an open-ended conclusion. The simple fact that nothing is resolved may be bothersome to some readers.
The story begins after Mikki Stuart, a small town sheriff deputy uncovers a grim scene on a muddy mountain road. On a rainy night, she discovers Kaytlin Evans, shot to death, while Kaylin's husband, Lije, is found shot nearby in a ditch barely hanging onto life.
This is big news for this part of the country where doors are often left unlocked at night. After burying his wife, attorney Lije Evans begins a quest to find the killers while sifting through a deadly conspiracy that goes back generations. Evans must find the truth before an innocent person on death row is executed.
A master storyteller, Ace weaves a suspenseful mystery that begins in the forest on Farraday Road and finds its way to an innocent man awaiting certain death. For Collins, writing and publishing Farraday Road is the fulfillment of a lifelong dream. In third grade Ace outlined an idea, and picked it up again as a student at Baylor University. His childhood dream has now become reality; the premise of Farraday Road’s storyline is shaped from that very first outline. Collins says, “Third grade was a long time ago, but at that moment it seemed like yesterday."
As an avid reader, I’m still amazed how authors create a story based on ancient information. Farraday Road refers back to the Knights Templar, gold and other old, buried valuables. The reader is led to believe the head of the Arkansas Bureau of Investigation may be pertinent to the potential guilty party in the storyline and yet that is only half the truth. Mr. Collins hides his characters well which makes it difficult to discern the bad seed.
I’ll be anxiously awaiting the next book in the series, YES, so I can pick up on the “to be continued” part of Farraday Road.