Friday, August 17, 2012
The Deposit Slip - by Todd M. Johnson
Erin Larson left her father's farm and the town of Ashley when she was in high school; now she's back to mourn her father's death and to sort out his estate. When she finds The Deposit Slip for $10,000,000 in his safety deposit box, she is determined to find out where it came from and where the money is now. Only, the bank denies that the deposit exists, and no lawyer will see the case through, until Jared comes along. Jarod has ties to the town of Ashley, and he needs a big case worth a lot of money, but can he make it through this case without going broke or endangering the lives of those involved? Will Erin find out where her father might have come across 10 million dollars?
The premise of this story was intriguing, and I enjoyed the suspense of finding out if the money existed, where it came from, and where could it be now. I liked Jarod and wanted Erin to find closure. However, there were so many characters in this story, and so many of them seemed to have secrets, that it was hard to get invested in more than that. Too many characters had hints of backgrounds that the author wanted to tease out, and there just wasn't room in the story to fully flesh them all out. He did do a good job of tying everything up at the end, though, and it didn't feel like there were loose ends.
If I hadn't just read a really good suspense book before this one, my review might have been more favorable. As it is, I enjoyed the plotline and the story, but can only give this book 2.5 stars. I did see that this was a debut novel by Mr. Johnson, so I would enjoy watching him develop as an author. If his writing style tightens up a bit, I think that his story-telling is enjoyable enough to produce some great books.
I received a copy of this book for free from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.