Article first published as Book Review: ‘The Fort’ by Aric Davis on Blogcritics.
“The Fort” begins back in the summer of 1987 with a trio of friends, Tim, Scott and Luke, trying to make it through their boring summer. Tim and his friends love to play around with their air rifles and pretend that they are snipers, just like in Vietnam. They kids have a fort that they often gather together for play time, built from recycled wood when Tim’s parents decide to put in a deck.
Tim’s older sister Becca ends up getting into some trouble after their parents allow her to head off to the movies with her friends. The story picks up and takes off with the disappearance of one of her friends that night out. Molly is now missing and Becca tries to save her own tail by not telling the complete truth.
When the boys witness Molly being pushed along in the woods with a gun in her back, they quickly contact the police. After questioning and another body being discovered, assuming it was Molly’s, everything thinks the boys are making it up. This storytelling causes the boys to be grounded the rest of the summer and punished for their lying. These kids are determined to prove their innocence and that they had truly seen Molly and go to great lengths to try and make the adults believe them and save her. But what can three young kids actually do to save a missing girl? Will they be able to get their parents and the police to believe them before it’s too late?
The abductor’s point of view is woven into the chapters perfectly. This point of views combines his thoughts and his level of crazy with his previous killings of the working girls from the streets. Everything dark comes to light, all in the name of a good thrill. The lives of all of the characters come together in this page turning mystery. My heart was racing and I was racing to get to the end of the book to see what happens.
Aric Davis does it again with his mystery novel “The Fort.” I had previously read Aric’s first book, “A Good and Useful Hurt”, and was immediately captivated by his writing style. I am a huge fan of Aric Davis and I will own every single book he ever writes. 5 Stars
The Fort by Aric Davis
Thomas & Mercer (2013)
Reviewed by Savannah Mae for Say What? Savannah Mae (4/14)