Title: The Pastor
Series: The Fellowship Trilogy Book: 3
Author: David Scott Meyers
Edition: Physical > Paperback
Length: 498 Pages
Genre/s: Fiction, Mystery, Crime, Suspense, Religion
Rating: 3.5 Golden Eggs
Disclaimer: A copy of this book was provided to me in exchange for a fair and honest review. This did not affect my review, and all opinions are mine.
In the final installment of the Fellowship Series, Sheriff Huey Morgan is hot on the trails of the elusive killer of Absalom Holmes. The trail will lead him out of his jurisdiction, across state lines, and out to the middle of nowhere. Huey is finding out the hard way just how demanding the life of a sheriff really is.
Leads will grow cold, and mysteries will unfold…
This book ties up and puts an end to the trilogy that I started maybe a year and half ago. As mystery thrillers tend to come, I don’t often read books that do not resolve their cases by the end and despite being a huge fan of cliffhanger chapters, I don’t have the same love towards books ending that way. I remarked in both the previous two books that I eagerly await to see the next and final book so that I could get some closure, and I did, sort of.
The Pastor takes place very shortly after the end of book two. It’s so short, in fact, that the first page takes place twenty minutes from where book two ended. The series works on the building collective knowledge of the last books in the series, so if you did not read the first two books, it’d be pretty hard to read some of the events going on in The Pastor. From the very first page, there are some major key moments that you will either not understand or will give away spoilers of books one and two. Unlike the first book, which ended relatively calm, the second book ends with a chase and thus the final book starts with Huey still pumping with adrenaline.
The writing here is also dialogue heavy, and there are several moments where it’s more tell than show. The writing and dialogue between characters also occasionally felt overly formal, and I couldn’t quite figure out and place a finger to just why this writing felt so familiar. It took me three books and pondering over, “Hey, this feels like the old black and white movies” before I realized that the writing style reminds me of the way the Father speaks during church whenever he begins to tell his stories. There are plenty of preaching moments in this book.
I also had a hilarious moment somewhere mid-book when I realized that Huey, the current Sheriff, had literally just picked up a kid, trusted him enough to come tag-along on a job to confront a potential lead, and then turns around and offers him a deputy job the following day. I’m not one to know how law enforcement works in the past or present, or in my city vs other states, so I wasn’t going to question it, but I will say I had a long paused moment thinking about the sequence of “Hey, wanna tag along?” to “Hey, you did great!” and finally, “Here’s a badge! I’m offering you to be my deputy!”
Still, there was no more whiplash that I’ve gotten than this book (and this is after another book that’s left me with just as much reeling). If you want insane revelations one after another, come to this trilogy. It’ll throw you in for a loop! This book was nothing but plot twist after plot twist and when I was finally able to see who the bad guy was, I was pretty shocked (and this is after I already thought of them as being sketchy). Another shocking moment was to see just how small this town was. Occasionally, we get characters that remark, “Oh! I know that person/family! I’m related to them somewhere down the family tree” and soon it begins to feel that a sizeable chunk of town all seem to be part of said family.
The strong point of this book and series as a whole was that all the build up resulted in a pretty big and explosive end. Things that did not make sense or were put on hold in the first two books finally came to light and explanations were given. Who certain people were and why they were so important/targeted in the last book is important here, and I get to have a little closure to some of my unanswered questions.
3½ Shiny Shiny Eggs!