Tuesday, January 16, 2024

Review: City Under One Roof by Irish Yamashita

Publisher: Berkley
Pages: 304
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  When a local teenager discovers a severed hand and foot washed up on the shore of the small town of Point Mettier, Alaska, Cara Kennedy is on the case. A detective from Anchorage, she has her own motives for investigating the possible murder in this isolated place, which can be accessed only by a tunnel.

After a blizzard causes the tunnel to close indefinitely, Cara is stuck among the odd and suspicious residents of the town—all 205 of whom live in the same high-rise building and are as icy as the weather. Cara teams up with Point Mettier police officer Joe Barkowski, but before long the investigation is upended by fearsome gang members from a nearby native village.

Haunted by her past, Cara soon discovers that everyone in this town has something to hide. Will she be able to unravel their secrets before she unravels?"

Kritters Thoughts:  A perfect read during the winter season, was Cara Kennedy a police investigator from Anchorage, Alaska, who gets stranded in this small remote town in Alaska where the population drops to around 200 during the winter season and most everything in this city is under one roof - hence the title!  

Cara Kennedy is a great police investigator to follow through this mystery as this small town is plagued by body parts being found and she must first found out who is murdered AND then find out who and why.  I really enjoyed this aspect of the book, it felt as though there was more mystery than in other books as you don't even know WHO has been murdered!  

The other part of the book that I really enjoyed was the claustrophobic feeling of being stuck - everyone is stuck due to an avalanche and the only way in and out is blocked and this feeling heightened the book as you could almost guarantee that the killer and all of the problems were still in the city.  

I knew when starting this book that there was a book 2, so I was even more excited when I enjoyed investigating with Cara's point of view and would get another opportunity to watch her solve something.  I hope to read the second one this winter as it is located in the state of Alaska.      


Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Berkley.  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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