Never Go Home – ARC Book Review

Title:- Never Go Home

Author:- Christopher Swann

Date published:- Expected to publish on 9th August 2022

No. of pages:- 288 pages

Genre:- Thriller


Plot:- 4/5

Writing:- 4/5

Overall rating:- 4/5

She’s a weapon forged in the fires of her past—but this time, the flames could consume her in Critically acclaimed Southern mystery novelist Christopher Swann’s next book, perfect for fans of Linwood Barclay ad Michael Farris Smith.

Orphaned at age ten by a violent home invasion, Susannah Faulkner grew up wild, her stubbornness the only thing harder than her heart. Since then, she’s used her skills to put a boot in the faces of those who deserve it. She knows she’s wired wrong and living a dangerous and violent life, but she’s determined to wring something decent from the world before she leaves it.

Then she gets word her brother Ethan needs her help and returns home to Atlanta. But in the airport, she finds her Uncle Gavin suffering a heart attack. Before he is rushed to the hospital, Gavin whispers a single word to Suzie: Peaches. She’s determined to uncover the meaning behind the cryptic message, but Ethan is also deep in trouble. An ex-soldier and ex-con named Finn appeared on his doorstep with a disturbing story: fifteen years earlier, Finn served with their father in Iraq, where they stole millions in cash. Now the money is missing, and Finn wants his share—or else.

A gang war threatens to explode on Atlanta’s streets. Uncle Gavin clings to life in the hospital. Finn is bent on finding his missing millions. And now, Suzie will be tested as never before in a crucible of violence where all that she holds dear is on the line.

This is the second book of the Faulkner series but I have not read the first book in the series. Maybe that’s why I wasn’t into this book much.

Suzanne Faulkner and her brother Ethan experienced home invasion which killed their parents. Now Suzanne is a PI and Ethan is a teacher. When Suzanne comes to Atlanta, her uncle, Uncle Gavin has a heart attack and before he is whisked away to the hospital, he simply says peaches. While trying to find the meaning of this meaning, a man appears at the doorstep of Ethan’s house–an ex-soldier, Finn. Many years ago, during Iraq war, Finn with their father stole millions of cash. Now Finn wants his share. Then comes the gang fight in the city of Atlanta.

The story is mainly told from Suzanne’s point of view. Though I didn’t find this book much interesting, nevertheless, it got interesting towards the middle. This book as a whole, felt like a some part of an action thriller movie which I am not really a fan of but overall I did enjoy the book.

If you like an action packed thriller, then this book is one for you–worth four stars

Many thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the ARC. The review is based on my honest opinion only.

Christopher Swann is a novelist and high school English teacher. A graduate of Woodberry Forest School in Virginia, he earned his Ph.D. in creative writing from Georgia State University. He has been a Townsend Prize finalist, longlisted for the Southern Book Prize, and twice been a finalist for a Georgia Author of the Year award. He lives with his wife and two sons in Atlanta, where he is the English department chair at Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School.

His third novel, A Fire in the Night (Crooked Lane, 2021), will be published this September

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