To attorney Noah Parks, the probate of a will should be a simple task. But the Last Will and Testament of Leonardo Xavier Cross is anything but simple. Though Parks has never heard of Cross, he learns that the will directs him to provide the legal representation for the estate and as part of his fee he will receive the contents of a safety deposit box – a safety deposit box no one knew existed. Intrigued, Parks undertakes the task. But after the body count begins to rise, the otherwise basic task of probating the will becomes more complicated as each day passes. Despite all of Parks’ skills, the answers he seeks remain elusive and force him to delve deeper into the shocking and deceptive Cross’ family history, which sets the stage for an explosive finale that Parks can only hope to survive. Set in Charleston, South Carolina, The Trust is the debut novel from Sean Keefer. Blending elements of traditional southern literary fiction, suspense and mystery; you won’t be satisfied until the final page is turned.
Being that this was an author that I had never read before, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I was definitely in for a surprise. Not only was this book better then I expected, it was fantastic!
First off, let me tell you that Sean Keefer has created really memorable characters. Even though the book is plot driven, you really get a feel for the characters. I thought that Noah was a very charming man. Plus, not only are the characters well written, so it the entire atmosphere. You get to know Charleston as if you were there.
As for the plot, WOW! This is one of those books that you do not want to put down. You feel as if you put it down you might miss out on something. Sort of like a great movie that you are watching and don’t want to get up to go get a snack or go to the bathroom. You don’t want to miss the next scene.
There are enough twists and turns to keep even the most avid reader guessing as to what is coming next. I like that a lot. There are too many times when you can pick apart plots because they are too formulaic. You certainly don’t have to worry about that with this book.
This author really knows how to handle writing a great plot. It was like it was waves crashing on the shore. You could see it coming in and building up, but not knowing how hard it was going to hit until it finally breaks on shore knocking you back a ways. Then it pulls back and you are left picking yourself up and relaxing enough just in time for the next wave to come rolling in. This is the way the suspense was. You weren’t given everything at once. It came at you and you weren’t always prepared because you weren’t sure what to expect when it hit. Then just as you got adjusted to the new changes in the story, you were thrown back again because of the next wave.
If you are looking for that next great mystery/suspense to read, then you definitely want to check out The Trust by Sean Keefer.
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