I read this book fast. I’m not a fast reader, but I enjoyed it, so I picked it up every night when I went to bed. I hated the ending, however. This is part of my OCD. I need closure. Despite the ending, I thought it was well written, fast-paced thriller with plenty of action. I was even surprised a few times. At my age, that’s something.
The story format is one of my favorites. My editor is always kidding me about my love of history. I give a lot of background in my stories, and that’s part of my OCD, too. I need to know why someone is the way they are. Yes, there are psychopaths with no
an evil nature, but most characters have a past that shapes their destiny.
At least I’d like to think so. In this story, though, the past is not given to
describe the heroine’s character. It’s there to tell us what happened twenty
years earlier, so we know what is happening before she does. It’s like when
someone opens a closet in 2015 and gets hit on the head with a bowling ball. We
know who put it there and why – she doesn’t. Warning – you don’t get the whole
history, just parts. You don’t know the whole story until the end, which, if you
recall, I hated. motivation
Anyway, the main character is Iris Latch, a young engineer with her first job working in an architectural firm. Being low man on the totem pole, Iris spends her days checking other people’s work. She is B-O-R-E-D, and she makes up for the tedium of her job by drinking too much and making questionable choices that cause us to say, “Yeah, she’s
gonna get into trouble."
One day out of the blue, her supervisor tells her she is going to help him with a new job. It involves working the weekend, and Iris is not pleased. She shows up late and hungover. The job entails measuring the floor space of an old bank in downtown Cleveland. The bank, which closed abruptly in twenty years earlier, is a time capsule of the late seventies. Most of the furnishings are still there, as are old bank records, etc. The vault still contains unopened safe deposit boxes, and here is where the key in the title comes in. I won’t give away that spoiler here, though.
After a weekend working with her supervisor, Iris is left on her own to take the rest of the measurements in the huge, multi-storied, spooky building. She is also reminded that she is not to talk about what she is doing to anyone, a rule Iris breaks almost immediately when she having a drink in a seedy bar close to the bank. Iris also has trouble focusing on her work, and finds herself delving into the lives of the former employees of the bank by looking at their files, etc. Her curiosity leads her to find a safe deposit key in a desk drawer, and that key sends her on a quest to find out what happened to its owner. We know who the owner is, of course, having been given that part of the back story, but it’s still fun to see what Iris will do to avoid doing her job. But like the proverbial cat, she may find herself in a pickle she can’t get out of, a pickle that endangers not only her life, but the life of those close to her.
If you like
stories with nice plotting and characters who do stupid things (because, as I
keep reminding myself, if they didn’t, there would be no story) you will like
this as much as I did. D.M. Pulley has fashioned a twisty story which shows
that no matter how many times we make mistakes, whether during one risky
financial era or another, we will just do it all over again. Greed, avarice,
and entitlement are nothing new, and they always make for good fiction. I read this through Kindle Unlimited.