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RED SERGE is described as a Mystery Thriller, Police Procedural. It’s all of that and more.

I read “Red Island” because I’m Canadian and Lorne Oliver was a new Canadian author who wrote a book set in Canada. I loved the book and when “RED SERGE” came out I was eager to read it—not because Oliver was a Canadian author with a book in a Canadian setting, but because Lorne Oliver is a darn good writer!

Sgt. Reid ( a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police) is a complex man who is driven by his total commitment to his career. His marriage has been tattered by neglect and a painful obsession that started when he pursued a serial killer who murdered innocent young girls when Reid was on the force in British Columbia. The circumstances that ended that hunt have haunted him since then.

He took a transfer to a small place on the other side of Canada where life was peaceful and murder had never been a reality. His wife made him promise that he would never get involved in a homicide again. But in “Red Island”, a serial killer popped up in the unsuspecting community and Sgt. Reid could not live up to that promise. He had to help find the killer.

In RED SERGE he is once again caught in the web of a serial killer, and he can’t turn away from his duty, even though he knows it may be the last straw for his disintegrating marriage . When it’s almost too late for all of them, he comes to realize that his eleven year old daughter has been neglected too. Can he salvage his family? Can he win on all fronts?

RED SERGE is a compelling novel of murder, mystery, and suspense with a lot of dramatic turns in the plot. The characters are imperfect, believable and relatable. I could empathize with Reid’s stress, his need for comfort, his obsessive dedication to his work and the toll it took on him emotionally.

I particularly like the twist at the end of the book. You’ll have to read it to find out what happened. For me it was sheer genius!

I believe Lorne Oliver is a rising star in his field. Don’t miss the Sgt. Reid Series.

You purchase RED SERGE on Amazon.com and Amazon.ca.

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Lorne Oliver uses words to paint pictures so raw and intense that there were times when I found them hard to read, but the characters and the story line compelled me to continue on.Sergeant Reid is a man with a troubled mind. After dealing with a gruesome, haunting case that involved a serial killer in British Columbia, he and his family are emotionally scarred. He transferred to Prince Edward Island, on the opposite end of Canada. Life was quiet there and he thought his family could leave behind the horror of the past and concentrate on healing. But Reid cannot truly bury the past that still haunts him. Both his career and his relationship with his wife have been strained, and he is not on solid ground emotionally.The peace of the island is shattered when a beautiful young woman is found brutally murdered, hanging naked in a tree in an isolated area. The people in the area are traumatized; Reid’s wife is totally freaked and begs him to stay out of the investigation. But Reid’s unresolved feelings of guilt fuel the personal, relentless drive that make it impossible for him stay on the sidelines. His determination to find the murderer becomes an obsession and he works nonstop to solve it. Temptation simmers just beneath the surface as he spends so much time with his partner on the job, a beautiful woman who has relationship issues of her own and understands his compulsion. She is a balm to the anger and fear his wife heaps on him.

Oliver gradually reveals the killers mind, portraying the life and the events that led to his instability, turning him into a murderous, psychopathic serial killer, whose arrogance leads him to a point where he taunts Sergeant Reid and puts him and his family at risk.

The book is filled with suspense, and the plot twists and turns, keeping the reader holding his breath, wondering how many more young women will die before the killer is apprehended.

Red Island was a great read: I’ll certainly watch for Lorne Oliver’s next book!


You can purchase Red Island on Amazon