“Room for Doubt” by Nancy Cole Silverman is book five in the Carol Childs Mystery series. It is not necessary to have read the previous books to enjoy this new one. The author drops in background information that is relevant to the current plot, but does not spend pages and pages needlessly summarizing events from the previous books.
The main character, Carol Childs, works as a reporter for a talk radio station in Los Angeles. Carol’s character is multi-faceted and well developed, and the supporting cast of characters is equally interesting and detailed.
The book is written in first person so we follow Carol’s thoughts and actions as she struggles to balance work, her personal life, and family conflicts. We also tag along as she wonders “What happens when one day a creepy guy tries to hit on you in the grocery store and the next day his body is hanging from the Hollywood Sign?” As the body count around town rises and more and more people become entangled in the murders, she has to sort out the facts from the “Fake News. Written by bloggers with questionable facts I felt sure hadn’t been substantiated.” All the while, the action is being driven by her feeling “that somebody – out in radio land – knew something, and might be listening.”
Readers should note this novel deals with a complex social problem and resolves it in a controversial manner. The book’s solution is not one that will please every reader, but it is a solution that might be all too real. If you are a “by the book, no exceptions” person, you might not like this novel. If you can balance the good against the bad and accept that someone else’s reality is not your own, you will end reading with some interesting issues to consider.
I have read and enjoyed the previous books in this series, and I enjoyed this one as well. Thanks to Henery Press, Nancy Cole Silverman, and NetGalley for giving me a copy of “Room for Doubt” in exchange for my impartial review.