Book Review: Dark River by Avery Jenkins

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The story begins with a prologue of a murder. A 15-year-old girl was dating, having casual and consensual sex with a 23-year-old man who murdered her and threw her into a nearby river. Now, I have to know more.

We meet Asa Cire, a fascinating man. Asa is obsessed with rare and unique objects, and he sells them for a living. He is a man who wants a small-town life where he is at peace; I mean, the man does yoga.

He begins to have visions of a teenage murder victim. One of his clear images is her battered body stepping out of the river. It’s been decades since someone had killed the girl, and it took the local police over a week to locate her body. Her killer is still out there, free.

Not only does he have to find out who murdered the girl, but he now has to translate an ancient manuscript bought to him by an old associate. Asa is a brilliant man, and his curiosities for the world drive him to want to solve the case. I find myself on the edge of my seat every time I think we are getting closer to finding out who killed the girl all those years ago.

If you are a big fan of mysteries, history, and other unique objects, I suggest reading this book. It reminds me of the Da Vinci Code. The Dark River will keep you on your toes with its unpredictability and Avery Jenkins’s storytelling.

Avery Jenkins
Avery Jenkins

In the late 1970s, Dr. Avery Jenkins left his boyhood home in Ohio to work in the mountains of New Hampshire, beginning a love affair with the woods of New England that continues to this day.

Since then, Dr. Jenkins has followed a winding path, first as an award-winning journalist in Boston, and currently as a chiropractic physician in Litchfield, Conn. Dark River is his debut novel.

Along the way he has been a member of a SCUBA search & recovery team, worked on coffeehouse sound crews, and bicycled his way through Scotland and Tasmania.

Since 1989, Dr. Jenkins has trained in the martial art of aikido and currently holds 2nd Dan rank in the United States Aikido Federation. He is also completing his training to become an ordained Taoist priest with the Dragon Gate sect of the Complete Reality School of Taoism.

He lives in Litchfield with his wife and two dogs of uncertain temperament.

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