Friday, November 27, 2020

Review: Blind Vigil by Matt Coyle

Blind Vigil
by Matt Coyle

Publisher: Oceanview Publishing
Pages: 336
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  A friend arrested for murder. A vicious killer lurking in the shadows. A world of darkness.

Blinded by a gunshot wound to the face while working as a private investigator nine months ago, Rick Cahill is now sure of only one thing: he has to start a new life and leave his old one behind.

He’s still trying to figure out what that life is when his onetime partner, Moira MacFarlane, asks for his help on a case she’s taken for Rick’s former best friend. The case is simple and Moira only needs Rick for one interview, but Rick is wary of waking sleeping demons.

Ultimately, he goes against his gut and takes the case which quickly turns deadly. Rick’s old compulsion of finding the truth no matter the cost—the same compulsion that cost him his eyesight and almost his life—battles against his desire to escape his past.

The stakes are raised when Rick’s friend is implicated in murder and needs his help. Can he help the friend he no longer trusts while questioning his own lessened capabilities? His life depends on the answer as a shadowy killer lurks in the darkness.

Kritters Thoughts:  The seventh book in a series where I have only read book six that centers around a private investigator and former police officer, Rick Cahill.  He is living in San Diego and is called in by a friend to help get to the bottom of a mystery behind what he thinks is a cheating significant other.  A murder spins this story on its side and Cahill is determined to find the truth.    

In this series each book's mystery is self contained, so although I am missing some major plot points when it comes to Rick Cahill's personal journey, I was easily able to read book six and now book seven and feel as though I wasn't missing too much as each mystery happens and is solved within each book.  

What made this book so interesting above the typical detective mystery novel was that this character in this book was injured in the previous book in this series and he ended up blind.  Following a main character who is a private investigator while also living with a debilitating injury was just interesting in and of itself, but then to have him continue to do his job and help his friend get to the bottom of a murder was fascinating to follow.  

At some point, I would like to go back to the beginning and read the other books in this series because I have grown to love Rick Cahill as a character and his stubborn pursuit for the truth is enjoyable to read.  

Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row

Ebook 2020 Challenge: 119 out of 100

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Netgalley.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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