Sam Casey is an investigative consultant for the Chasen Heights Police Department. Part Native American, she has the unique ability to hear the dead speak, touch something the killer touched and pick up clues about a case. But her life is currently in a tailspin, and her talents have escaped her. If ever there was a time that she needed those skills, it’s when a homeless woman is found dead, a needle in her arm. But it wasn’t the drugs that killed her; it was the bullet. The case turns personal for Sam when ballistics shows the bullet came from her husband’s gun.
Nemo has attracted the attention of Alex Red Cloud, a family friend of Sam’s, after Alex witnesses the street urchin stealing fruit. Why is Alex so secretive about the boy? How did her husband, Jake, know the drug addict? And what does Nemo find on the other side of the tunnel’s door? The answers lead to a shocking conclusion in the seventh installment of the award-winning Sam Casey series.
What I liked: The mystery and the surprising protagonist. I never saw it coming which is a major requirement for me and a mystery/thriller. The development of The Tunnel with outstanding writing keep me up until the book was finished. I just had to know. The true caring between the characters was just an added dimension. Ms Tooley keeps the series fresh. The Tunnel is number 7 in the Sam Casey mystery series and I've not been disappointed in any of her novels.
I felt like this novel was more character driven but there is action. Nemo practically steals the novel. I hope he's included in future books.
What I didn't like: I've always liked the mystical involvement in this series. Sam is part Indian and has an affinity for the dead. Her mother, Abby, also has some "intuition". It was mostly missing in The Tunnel. I can understand this somewhat as Sam and Abby were both emotionally involved and couldn't "see" what they needed to get some answers.
This could be read as a stand alone but as I've said before, why would you want to do that when the series is just so darn good.
The Kindle price is reasonable at $4.99 but the paperback is a hefty $15.26