Featured Review: ‘Huron Breeze’ by Landon Beach


One of the genre’s most underrated talents delivers in a big way another twisting thriller that readers won’t soon forget.

It’s been a decade since Riley Cannon produced three of the most successful books in recent memory. A certified A-list author with the ability to turn anything she touches into gold, Riley shocked the world by riding off into the sunset never to be heard from again—leaving her series unfinished, and her fans begging for more.

Now, all these years later, Riley—courtesy of her high-powered agent, Topaz Kennedy—has secured a lucrative new publishing deal for several more books, and readers around the world are dying to get their hands on whatever she’s spent the last ten years locked away writing. There’s just one problem.

Riley Cannon hasn’t written a single word yet, and has no idea her next book is going to be about.

Meanwhile, while Riley contemplates story lines and attempts to plot her next novel, thirty-five-year-old Kaj Reynard walks out of Lake Huron one June evening with a knife in his back, then promptly falls dead on the beach. As the town of Hampstead, Michigan buzzes with speculation about what happened to Kaj, some claiming the waters themselves put a knife in the man’s flesh, veteran private investigator Obadiah Ben-David, goes searching for the truth. But as evidence begins to trickle in, it’s clear to both Ben-David and his young assistant, Rachel Roberts, that things aren’t quite what they seem . . . and Kaj Reynard might not be the only body that washes onto shore.

Beach goes outside of his comfort zone with this book, delivering a thrilling, page-turning reading experience that has more twists and turns than anything you’ll find at Six-Flags. The change of pace for the veteran, underrated author, should net high praise as Huron Breeze blows into bookstores and readers dive into the perfectly-plotted mystery that saves its best reveal for the very end. Moreover, without giving anything away, there’s a bit of a story-within-a-story vibe to the overall plot, and readers will no doubt enjoy getting a peek behind the curtain at how the publishing industry works—from mega deals to deadlines and the author/agent dynamic—and the pressures that come with being a bestselling novelist.

Overall, Huron Breeze is an exhilarating, can’t miss, one-sit read that’ll stay with you long after turning the final page.

Book Details

Author: Landon Beach
Pages: 432 (Hardcover)
ISBN: 1732257876
Release Date: December 26, 2021
Real Book Spy Rating: 9.25/10


raised as “One of the hardest working, most thoughtful, and fairest reviewers out there” by #1 New York Times bestselling author Lisa Scottoline, Ryan Steck has “quickly established himself as the authority on mysteries and thrillers” (Author A.J. Tata). Steck also works full-time as a freelance editor and pens a monthly thriller column for CrimeReads. Additionally, he co-hosts ThrillerTalk, a new podcast with K.J. Howe. His debut thriller, FIELDS OF FIRE, comes out on August 2, 2022.  For more information, be sure to follow him on Twitter and Facebook. He currently lives in Southwest Michigan with his wife and their six children.



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