Lost River

LOST RIVER                                                  J. TODD SCOTT

Angel, Kentucky: Just another one of America's forgotten places, where opportunities vanished long ago, and the opioid crisis has reached a fever pitch. When this small town is rocked by the vicious killing of an entire infamous local crime family, the bloody aftermath brings together three people already struggling with Angel's drug epidemic: Trey, a young medic-in-training with secrets to hide; Special Agent Casey Alexander, a DEA agent who won't let the local law or small-town way of doing things stand in her way; and Paul Mayfield, a former police chief who's had to watch his own young wife succumb to addiction.

Over the course of twenty-four hours, loyalties are tested, the corrupt are exposed, and the horrible truth of the largest drug operation in the region is revealed. And though Angel will never be the same again, a lucky few may still find hope.


This story takes place in a small rural area of Kentucky. The story centers around the opioid crisis and the effects that it has on the people in the whole area whether the person is addicted or not. When the book begins it did take a while to get into it, I found it difficult at first with all of the different characters and which ones were going to be the main focus. Then at times, others would be added. When the DEA agent Casey is introduced the story begins to settle down and then you are intrigued to find out who took out the crime family from this mountain community? You also want to know how the former police chiefs’ wife ended up in the river. Who supplied the drugs laced with fentanyl which were killing a lot of the people?
I found that the author did a good job with a subject that most people don’t want to talk about but that affects everyone in some way or another every day. Though this was not a true story it very well could be and for those who don’t know EMT’S, Firefighter’s and Police Officers administer Narcan to be people that are experiencing overdoses on the street and have saved many people. A good story with good characters. I received this book from Netgalley.com I gave it 4 stars. Follow us at www.1rad-readerreviews.com

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