Six went in…only one came out.
The Standedge Tunnel, the longest canal tunnel in England, has become one of the rural village of Marsden’s main tourist attractions. Now it’s also a crime scene.
Six students went into the tunnel on a private boat. Two and a half hours later, the boat reappeared at the other end of the tunnel carrying only one of the students, Matthew. He had been knocked unconscious and has no memory of what took place in the tunnel. The police suspect he killed his friends, hid the bodies and later moved them to an undisclosed location. But sitting in a cell awaiting trial, Matthew maintains his innocence.
When Matthew contacts a famous author asking him for help in return for information he claims to possess about the author’s long-lost wife, it’s an offer that can’t be refused. But before the author can prove Matthew’s innocence, he must first answer a far more unusual question: How did five bodies disappear into thin air?
First, take a look at the cover. You’re in a tunnel, with the light ahead. The Standedge Tunnel. Now, take a quick break from the review and google The Standedge Tunnel. Creepy, huh? The tunnel is the center point of this book. It is dark, creepy, with twists and turns that you don’t see coming…just like the tunnel.
Six friends go into the tunnel, but only 5 come out. One of the friends, Matthew, is accused of killing the others. When he is arrested he calls Robin, an author who is still investigating the disappearance of his wife from a couple of years earlier. When Matthew drops a fact from Sam that only Robin would know, he is compelled to help him.
As Robin starts to look into the crime of the five friends, he starts to realize there is more to the story than what it seems. The townsfolk don’t want him there. He starts uncovering things and unraveling the crime….all while in the back of his mind he is thinking of the disappearance of his wife.
When I started reading the book, I thought this was going to be the typical whodunnit. How is Matthew going to get out of this one? But as I got deeper into the book the story became more mysterious, revealing things that took me by surprise. The story itself is a lot like the tunnel….it’s dark, full of surprises, and takes you on an unexpected journey.