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Davis Sanford is a recovering alcoholic who comes home for the first time in years for his grandfather's funeral. His family had disowned him years before, so he is very upset about coming home, for more than one reason. He brings with him his girlfriend (from the first book in the series) for moral support. His family is insanely rich, though they live in a small town in the middle of a giant tree farm.
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When Davis and Jennifer get to Davis's hometown, it turns out that not only does the grandfather die, but so does another family member. Things start to look suspicious for every family member there, as there are hints of a long battle over money and control of the family estate. Throw in a crazy neighbor with post-traumatic stress syndrome, and there's a full house of suspects.

Davis and Jennifer use the Internet and forensic evidence to search for clues to the deaths of the family members while trying to hide their suspicions from their hosts/possible murderers.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 10%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 60%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 20% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) How difficult to spot villain?    -   Difficult, but some clues given Time/era of story:    -   2000+ (Present) What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   70% Special suspect?    -   relative Murder of certain profession?    -   "All in the family" murder Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   cooped up in spooky house    -   "All in the family" murder    -   Proving innocence of very obvious suspect    -   Big focus on forensic evidence Kind of investigator    -   husband/wife boy/girlfriend investigators Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Any non-mystery subplot?    -   feelings towards family/friends Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   small businessman Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


Forest?    -   Yes Small town?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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