Mark Peter – middle-aged, soft belly, weed wacker haircut – likes the quiet life. Any day spent indoors eating frozen pizzas, painting RPG figures in the basement, and feeding his scruffy cat is a good day.The problem is the outside world. When Mark touches certain things, he draws. Sometimes it’s a little boy lost in the woods, sometimes a throw pillow held tight against a grandmother’s face as she scratches at gloved hands... The FBI likes to call on Mark to help find missing people. Sometimes they’re even found alive.Then a body is found in a neighboring town, and the FBI thinks it is the work of a murderer long thought dead. Mark refuses to help, and more bodies are found. The killer gets in contact with the quiet, middle-aged man with a weed wacker haircut.If that isn’t enough, Mark may have found his soulmate.
A Touch of Happy doesn't have much in the way of happy within its pages. What it does have is plenty of dark and twisted, with some unpredictability thrown in for good measure. I tend to go into thrillers with a bit of skepticism these days, but that wasn't needed here at all. I suppose I've become a bit jaded, and that combined with the number of mystery/thrillers I've read makes it harder and harder to surprise me, but this one has some really good twists that I didn't see coming. So, rather than spoil any of those twists, I'll just leave it at Andrew Kanago has penned a well-written, fast-paced tale that kept me reading long past bedtime.
❃❃ARC courtesy of HellBound Books