Roanoke Ridge – Book Review
Author: J.J. Dupuis
Genre: Mystery, paranormal, fantasy
My rating: ★★★★☆
Release Date: Published 7th March, 2020 by Dundurn
Format: Kindle, 208 pages
What did I think?
Roanoke Ridge is a paranormal mystery just over 200 pages. Paranormal because it’s about tracking bigfoot. Yes, the mythical hairy man-creature aka sasquatch. Plenty to like in this quirky, imperfect, little mystery set in beautiful north-west USA. I would have given it 3 1/2 stars but I’ve rounded it up to 4.
Things I enjoyed about this novel:
- Bigfoot. Yeah, I enjoyed this aspect. The bigfoot enthusiasts, the ‘squatchers’ – who go looking, the Bigfoot festival. It was all entertaining.
- The setting in Oregon had a natural beauty that Dupuis described well.
- Our current environmental crisis wasn’t focused on but was incorporated into the book in a natural way, rather than ignoring it.
- One of the main characters was Saad, a Pakistani American.
- I was happy with the ending.
There wasn’t much I didn’t like about Roanoke Ridge. There were a few formatting issues, though it wasn’t difficult to navigate them. To be honest I find that with most ebooks I read.
Roanoke Ridge had a few moments of so-so writing but those moments didn’t detract from my enjoyment of the book. They were quickly forgotten in among solid writing, plenty of action that kept me going through to the end, and characters I liked.
Many thanks to Net Galley and Dundurn Press for my copy of the book in return for an honest review, and to the author, J.J. Dupuis.