Darren Franich
January 26, 2011 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Cypress House

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Michael Koryta
publisher
Little, Brown and Company
genre
Fiction, Mystery and Thriller

We gave it an B

A series of coincidences leads WWI vet Arlen Wagner — who can sense when someone is about to die — to the Cypress House, an empty Florida resort run by a distractingly gorgeous mystery woman. That promising setup promptly gets lost in a romantic triangle, a hurricane, and a subplot involving a local tyrant. But when Koryta straightens his meandering plot, the second half of The Cypress House picks up steam, building to a seriously tense and twisted final act. With its evocative Gulf Coast setting, the book makes for a warm beach read in midwinter. B

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