Ill Will, by Dan Chaon

In a Nutshell

Title:  Ill Will

Author:  Dan Chaon

Publisher:  Random House/Ballentine Books

Date of Release:  March 7, 2017

Genre:  Literary Fiction/Mystery-Thriller

Source:  The publisher provided a digital galley of this work in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Rating: 4 out 5 stars

Complex and gritty with more than a few tugs on the heartstrings. Ill Will is psychological thriller that will stay with you. I should have seen the ending coming, but I didn’t and it hit me like a speeding freight train.

There’s really two mysteries here – the one in the past that left Dustin Tillman and his two cousins orphans and the current one involving a serial killer of young men found drowned in rivers in the middle America. Dustin is helping one of his psychology patients solve the later while he deals with the release of his adopted brother after he’s found innocent of the the murder of Dustin’s parents, aunt and uncle. Dustin is also dealing with death of his wife from cancer while trying to be a father to his two college-age sons with drug problems. I think we can agree he’s not the best person to be working a case the police aren’t interested in.

The book is in a number of point of views which aids in the complexity of the work, yet helps the reader get the whole tragedy. I highly recommend this when it comes out a month from now. But watch for the crossing arms at the railroad crossing! I’ll be going back and re-reading this one!

Have a great week!



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