Black Diamond Fall

Black Diamond FallBlack Diamond Fall by Joseph Olshan
Published by Polis Books on September 18th 2018
Pages: 304
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four-stars

“Men outlive their love, but they don’t outlive the consequences of their recklessness.” -George Elliott, Middlemarch

Luc Flanders realizes that his necklace has broken, and he has lost a prized possession while playing pond hockey with his friends. When he goes back to the pond to retrieve his lost item, he does not return. Police detectives, Nick Jenkins and Helen Kennedy are called in to investigate Luc’s disappearance. Luc has disappeared once before, and his parents hope that this is another one of those times. The detectives, investigating his missing persons case, believe foul play is involved. As the investigation gets underway, it is evident that Luc had secrets as did many of those in his life.

There are many suspects including Luc’s college roommates and his ex-girlfriend, Elizabeth. One of the suspects is Sam Solomon, an older man with whom Luc was romantically involved. They had a secret relationship which has now been made public. Sam cannot provide an alibi for the time before his ski trip – the time frame during which Luc disappeared.

I dwell in a lonely house I know
That vanished many a summer ago
And left no trace but the cellar walls
And a cellar in which the daylight falls
-Robert Frost

Around the same time that Luc disappeared the Robert Frost house is vandalized, and the investigators can’t help but wonder if Luc’s missing person case and the vandalism could be related.
But how and why? As they continue their investigation, secrets, lies and truths will be revealed.

I found this book to be well written, heartfelt, and compelling. This is a crime drama but also explores relationships, desire, sexuality and dealing with conflicted feelings. This may be a crime/mystery but it is also a love story. I enjoyed how the book provided the reader with alternating points of view of many of the characters. Through the POV of Luc, Sam, Nick and Luc’s Mother, the reader gets glimpses into all their lives, their thoughts and memories. This is a thought-provoking book lush with vivid descriptions and prose.

Thank you to Polis Books and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All the thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are my own.

four-stars