Thursday, February 01, 2018

Release Day Review: Somewhere Over Lorain Road by Bud Gundy

Somewhere Over Lorain Road 300dpi - Bold Strokes BooksTitle ~ Somewhere Over Lorain Road

Author ~ Bud Gundy

Publisher ~ Bold Strokes Books

Published ~ 1st February 2018

Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance, Mystery

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Synopsis

For more than forty years, the stain of horrific allegations against their father has haunted the Esker sons. When three little boys were murdered in 1975, their dad was suspected of the crimes. The immense strain of the unsolved case shattered the family, sending the brothers reeling into destinies of death, flight, and, in the case of Don Esker, shame-filled silence.

Years later, Don returns to the family home in North Homestead, Ohio, to help care for his dying father in his final months. His dad longs for the peace that will only come with clearing his name. If Don can find the killer, he can heal his family--and himself. His own redemption begins when he becomes romantically involved with Bruce, who joins the hunt and forces Don to confront the unthinkable answer they've uncovered.

 

Freya’s Review

Somewhere Over Lorrain Road is an investigative story revolving around the Esker family and murder. Don returns to his hometown because his dad is dying. Unfortunately, he is dying with a shadow over his head – the unsolved murder of some local boys. At the time he was found innocent, but the murderer was never found. Thus, rumours still circulate. So that his dad can die in peace, Don tries to solve the forty-year-old murder. Could romance also be found too?

This is a story more about the investigation and the aftermath of false accusations rather than romance. Bruce and Don get together, and there is a minor side arc with them as opposed to them being in the spotlight. As such, you will not find lust-filled scenes to titillate those particular senses. Instead, what we have here is a story filled with reflection, lump in the throat moments and delicate inquiries that lead to revelations.

Told in the third person from Don’s POV, the story uses alternating chapters between present and past. Other than a couple of autonomous body parts, the story is well written and edited, making Bold Strokes Books a publishing house to look out for.

The story is detailed, and I’m not normally a fan of such things, but I’m not sure this story would have been right, written any other way. The combination of memories and how they weave into the present gives it an almost autobiographical quality, and an insight into how a mishandled inquiry can have far-reaching, lifelong, effects on families – often destroying them. Add to that the care needed for a dying father and you have some powerful scenes.

There are several possibilities for the position of who-dunnit. It’s a secret well kept. The process reveals, among other things, drug use, emerging sexuality and death. The main arc is about, how Don and his brothers, coped at the time and in the years following. There are also insights into how others involved dealt with the situation.

This is a slow burn story, put together piece by piece. It has more of an Inspector Morse quality rather than Hawaii-Five-O. There’s not a car chase in sight. Instead, there’s methodical, memories, melancholy and some extremely sad, reflective moments that put a lump in my throat. The tale wasn’t all sadness, doom, and gloom either. It had a cathartic touch of someone who was glad to be getting to the bottom of things, and finally receiving peace himself. These elements gave the story a realistic, thoughtful touch.

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Connect with Bud Gundy

Bud Gundy is a writer, producer, director, and on-air host at KQED, the PBS and NPR affiliate for Northern California. In 2003, he received an Emmy Award for producing the documentary Lonely Island: Hidden Alcatraz. He won his second Emmy Award in 2016 for directing the KQED News special, State of Surveillance. He's been nominated for two other works.

Bud grew up in North Olmsted, Ohio, a western suburb of Cleveland.  He attended St. Edward High School, graduating in 1982, followed by five years at Cleveland State University where he earned a degree in Political Science.

He began his television career in 1983 as the Program Director at the Nationality Broadcasting Network in Lakewood, Ohio, a job which has given him a lifetime of funny stories to share. Following that, he worked as a Desk Assistant, Associate Producer and Producer for the various newscasts at WKYC, the NBC affiliate in Cleveland, Ohio.  The stories from Channel 3 aren't as funny, but perhaps more illuminating.  After stints as a business reporter and a marketing executive in Northern California, he joined San Francisco's KQED in 1994, and loves the environment and dedication to the audience at PBS and NPR.  You can see and hear him on-the-air, asking for support during those annoying pledge drives.

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