Snap Me a Future
Engaging Read ... Recommended ... 4 stars
Over a decade has passed since investigative reporter Shelby McCoy became the drive-by shooting victim of an enraged Des Moines, Iowa thug. Leaving behind her journalism career, fiancée and life she had known McCoy, now 50, moved to Mesa Vista, New Mexico where she has been working in the field of public relations for the local mall.
Shelby shares a love of photography with local ‘hope for the future, now dimmed,’ Charlie Pearson whose family is wealthy, influential and own the mall where Shelby works. Charlie’s drinking and gambling have caused himself and his family much pain over the years, however, he has now been sober for two years and is in love with Shelby. She respects his work as a photographer but does not return his ardor.
A job offer to write for the local newspaper, young interns who may or may not have dedication to their work, politicians who attempt to wield both political and personal power, looters ravaging local historic sites all figure in McCoy’s day to day activities. When Shelby gets too close to the truth regarding the ones behind the taking of antiquities; the scene is set for revenge, danger and misery. Shelby’s car is vandalized, her home broken into, her dog Sam is stolen and left in the desert to die. During a photography shoot with longtime friend, museum curator, Benjamin Keith Andrews Shelby makes more than one surprising discovery and nearly loses her life to the knife of a crazed, desperate thief.
"Snap Me A Future" offers the reader a glimpse into the psyche of a woman who has faced death, fright and solitariness before she comes to grips with realities of life. Shelby McCoy is a stronger woman than she had perhaps thought herself to be. Writer Gotsch presents an smoothly read, fast paced publication filled with picturesque characters, inviting settings and spine tingling twists and turns. The well written, absorbing story line is augmented by Gotsch’s razor sharp recognition of timing.
Writer Gotsch integrates a keen eye for particulars with her understanding of the locale wherein her account takes place. From Shelby McCoy trying to slay her particular dragons to the bullying, whinny politician’s son Warren Miller, Charlie Pearson who is trying with little success to overcome his drinking problem to Benjamin Keith Andrews a man who finds it hard to commit; writer Gotsch’s characters are well fleshed, fascinating persons filled with the same alarm, warts and imperfection as beleaguer us all.
Witty dialog, creditable characters, a touch of romance are all interwoven in this fast paced thriller.
Excellent choice for the home library for all who enjoy a good thriller with just a hint of romantic intrigue.
Enjoyed the read, happy to recommend.