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Cedardale Court

by Nathan Lee Christensen

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Picture a small town, where everyone knows everyone. You know when your neighbor is having a fight with his wife, when the old lady living next door is cooking, when somebody new is into town or when your neighbor is physically abusing his wife. Every day is the same and news travel really fast. So when a body is found chopped into hundreds of pieces after an accident, everyone knows about it. The victim is a school teacher with a lot of secrets.

The characters in this book are amazing. You have the grumpy old guy in love with his neighbor, the nice old lady next door, the couple that fights every single day, the depressed guy who doesn't have the will to "not die". In the middle of this town full of colorful characters Canner Connelly and his daughter, Chloe, try to find peace, to escape from the suffering that has been haunting them for the past 10 years.


What I liked


I loved how the author managed to get inside every character's mind, the way Mr. Christensen leaves the reader to get to know all of them better. And I think he does it wonderfully. It didn't leave me with a sense of exhaustion or with the feeling that I didn't need to know a certain detail. And he did so, while keeping the mystery and the suspense up to date and it didn't feel like the action wasn't moving. You have many subplots that develop or are revealed while the main plot is moving forward. Even if at times a subplot forces you to turn back in time, you actually understand the reasons for that.

Every character has a voice and I think it's what gives this book a complex feeling.


What I didn't like


It's not exactly a thing that I didn't like, it's more of a question of how I viewed Chloe. She didn't seem like a ten year old girl to me. I felt her more like a twelve, even thirteen year old girl. And it's not because she's more mature than the other girls her age. Maybe it's because of her story and the story of her parents, that may have forced her to act like she's older.



I think this is a good book and for being a debut novel, I think it's even more amazing. I definitely enjoyed reading this book and I can't wait for the next book by Mr. Christensen. ( )
  Rubys.books | Oct 15, 2016 |
Cedardale Court is a mystery with lots of twists in a small town in Oregon. This is the first published work of indie author Nathan Lee Christensen and I thoroughly enjoyed this captivating tale. I started and finished it in a day. There were a few grammatical errors, but once I began they disappeared.
The characters of Cedardale Court are all unique, quirky and have secrets. Christensen gave each of his characters depth and spun a believable tale of secrets, lies, love and murder. My favorite character was 10 year old Chloe, the daughter of Canner Connelly. I pictured her as a young Dakota Fanning. She is smart, witty, and wise beyond her years and has a keen understand of others.
Cedardale Courts deals with a present day murder and the disappearance of a wife beating punk thirty years ago. It is told from a third POV and I was grateful for that, as it moves back and forth from present to past. The tale Christensen weaves regarding the murders, was fascinating with a few twists, I never saw coming.
I highly recommend you check out this up and coming author and his novel Cedardale Court. Fans of mysteries and murder thrillers are sure to love it.
I await the release of his next novel, Vida Seca Lane.

I want to thank author Nathan Lee Christensen for the ARC of this novel in exchange for my unbiased review. ( )
  kimbacaffeinate | Mar 29, 2013 |
Cedardale Court is a mystery with lots of twists in a small town in Oregon. This is the first published work of indie author Nathan Lee Christensen and I thoroughly enjoyed this captivating tale. I started and finished it in a day. There were a few grammatical errors, but once I began they disappeared.
The characters of Cedardale Court are all unique, quirky and have secrets. Christensen gave each of his characters depth and spun a believable tale of secrets, lies, love and murder. My favorite character was 10 year old Chloe, the daughter of Canner Connelly. I pictured her as a young Dakota Fanning. She is smart, witty, and wise beyond her years and has a keen understand of others.
Cedardale Courts deals with a present day murder and the disappearance of a wife beating punk thirty years ago. It is told from a third POV and I was grateful for that, as it moves back and forth from present to past. The tale Christensen weaves regarding the murders, was fascinating with a few twists, I never saw coming.
I highly recommend you check out this up and coming author and his novel Cedardale Court. Fans of mysteries and murder thrillers are sure to love it.
I await the release of his next novel, Vida Seca Lane.

I want to thank author Nathan Lee Christensen for the ARC of this novel in exchange for my unbiased review. ( )
  kimbacaffeinate | Mar 29, 2013 |
When Mr. Christensen e-mailed asking to review his book he had me at "neo-gothic murder mystery". I had no idea what such a novel was and decided this was the perfect time to find out, and let me tell you, I'm glad I did. This book turned out to be a very enjoyable read with great characters, plenty of plot twists, some laughs, engaging writing and a surprise ending.
Christensen's characters are so different and so quirky in their own unique ways that it's hard to pick a favorite. I loved the spunky 10-year-old Chloe, her perpetually paranoid dad who sees his deceased wife's ghost on a regular basis, the good old Uncle Henry, the take-charge detective Birch and even Charlie the cat who gets his own time in the spotlight and adds to the charm. The villains were a total surprise and not just because of their identities. I just never expected them to be quite the kind of people they were, or became, and that made the story more intense.
I really enjoyed Mr. Christensen't writing. It was fun and easy to read, the dialogue felt fresh and realistic and moved right along, and I felt that the voice was perfect for this story. There were some minor spelling issues and grammatical errors in places where editing obviously took place, so I think the book would benefit if someone read it through with a fresh eye and corrected those problem areas.
I had a lot of fun with this book and would recommend it to those who enjoy an offbeat murder mystery and aren't put off by occasional grammatical or spelling error. ( )
  bolgai | Dec 20, 2011 |
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