The Golden Chair – A J Fontenot

The Erin Reed Trilogy, Book One

Five of five stars

Ghana. A “deadly” bacteria. An investigative journalist. An edge-of-your-seat read!

In this first installment of what Fontenot intends to be a trilogy, we meet Erin Reed. An investigative journalist on her way to Ghana to find out why a whole compound of workers died from a bacteria which shouldn’t have been deadly. The complicating issue for Erin is that this assignment is awakening memories she’d rather not deal with. Memories of her mother’s unresolved suspicious death. And it has her already coming up against roadblocks intended to stop her in her tracks.

The Golden Chair is a tale filled with intrigue, hidden agendas, and misdirection. Fontenot masterfully weaves all those threads into a cohesive, intense narrative that grips the reader from the outset and holds them in its thrall. More than once throughout the reading of this, I found myself going off in the wrong direction. Finding deception where it was subsequently proven there was none. Finding danger where it became evident danger was nowhere near. Throughout the book, Erin finds herself in the same circumstances. Ultimately not knowing whom to trust, and where to look for help. There is an abundance of unsavoury types, but also many sympathetic characters; the trick is knowing which camp each falls into. Mistakenly trusting the wrong person, could prove fatal.

Fontenot is well on the way to a successful franchise with this trilogy. I could not stop reading, so invested was I in Erin and her cause. While the ending is not unexpected, it still held a few surprises. I am looking forward to reading Book Two.

[I appreciate having received a copy of this book from the author. However, I was in no way required to write a review; the opinions expressed herein are entirely my own.]

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