If you’ve never read any of the Jack Reacher mysteries by Lee Child, the main character in each book is an ex-Army MP guy who just kind of drifts around the country. He has no address or home, but just travels wherever looks interesting. Inevitably he wanders into some community with a terrible crime and cover-up. What are the chances of that? Well, if it’s Reacher, chances are 100% that he will find something that needs to be remedied. He observes and asks questions, and never stops investigating until all the pieces of the puzzles fit, and he can set things right. Along the way he generally gets into brawls with the bad guys, which he always seems to win, and wins the affections of a female sidekick that is working with him.
This book has all the elements of a Jack Reacher mystery. He is traveling through the midwest by train, and gets off at a stop in the middle of the wheat fields to investigate why the tiny town is called Mother’s Rest. He meets Michelle Chang, a private investigator whose partner has gone missing there. They slowly and methodically observe the goings-on in the community, which are strange. The townsfolk clearly do not want them there, which sets off more bells. I did not guess the ending until just before it was revealed.
I do have to say, while most of the book was fairly clean, the story did get quite graphic at the end, and it may be too much for some readers. Although this story is fictional, it reminded me that there are a lot of sick, sadistic people in this world.