Savannah Gone by Doug Keeler

Savannah Gone by Doug Keeler
Publisher: Self-Published
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length (175 pgs)
Heat level: Spicy
Rating: 3 stars
Reviewed by Ginger

Everyone in the state of Georgia believes expanding the Savannah Port is the single-most important economic development project in the entire state. Everyone except Marine Biologist Claire Robertson that is. When Claire goes missing, Private Investigator Ray Fontaine agrees to search for her. At first Ray thinks finding her will be an open and shut case.
But behind Savannah’s Gothic facade, everyone has a secret. As Ray begins to peel back the layers, he uncovers a growing list of suspects. To solve the case, Ray must put himself, and those he cares about, in mortal danger.

Private investigator has been called on the case to locate missing Claire Robertson. Claire is a marine biologist that is going against what some residents think could bring jobs to the city. She also recently had an altercation with her ex-fiance after calling off their wedding. Is Claire being missing just a coincidence or is there a darker reason behind her disappearance?

Savannah Gone is a quick read that is told in first person. While on the trail investigating Claire’s disappearance, Ray Fontaine does a lot of talking in his own humorous way. I give the author props for bravery in having his own original style but some of the wording and descriptions used were words that I found weird and unedited. While I am reading I have to stop and question who talks like this? “…fiddled with the radio, I hoofed it inside…, On my left, a wrinkled old bird with a steel wool beehive roosted behind her desk.” The character has a different style of humor. I’m not saying it’s bad and others may enjoy it but I just found it weird and not very humorous.

The story was more about Ray’s opinion, and his life and not enough of a connection given about the victim Claire. One short description was given about Claire in the beginning of the book, but not enough for me to connect or have any kind of feelings about her or for me to have concern that she was missing. And when Claire is found, the story lacked details of what actually happened. Ray, seeming to be in his own world, goes on with his investigation with no concern for Claire’s or her parents’ well being. I would have liked to have read more about the victim, with a little bit of Ray’s life and behavior. This book was just the opposite.

I am not a reader that is a stickler for historical details, but I did find it interesting how the author included detailed scenes and tidbits about Savannah and the surrounding areas. Even though I didn’t find Ray to be a likable character I can say he loves and care for his daughter, Megan. Ray is also dedicated in solving Claire’s missing persons case, even going without proper sleep. The plot was interesting to read about the scandal surrounding the dredging and heavy ecological price to the city. Even though Ray could be a little bit pushy, the trail of interviews were entertaining. And with Ray’s list of suspects increasing I wasn’t really sure who was behind Claire’s kidnapping. So there is a little suspense built on who was responsible for Claire’s disappearance.

I wouldn’t classify this as a gripping suspense novel, more along the line of a high strung private investigator who does more interrogating than that of asking questions. Perhaps not something I would read again, but certainly something that help my interest throughout.  Those who enjoy old-fashioned detective stories might enjoy this much more than I did.

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