• Kallie Lou Weisgarber

The Buck Stops Here Review

The Buck Stops Here follows a small town sheriff as she works to solve a teenagers suspicious murder in Ohio. Using the help of the locals to find the half-human, half-animal responsible for the killing, she makes sure that these killings come to an end.

Okay, before I begin my review of the content of this book, I need to do something I don’t normally do and point out something in the book's design that is too distracting for me to overlook. The font on this book is tiny. Like really really tiny. This book should have taken me one day to read, but I broke it up into three days because I kept losing my place and breaking my immersion because of the size of the font. I’m not letting that affect my review of this book because I review content,  not design and layout. I just wanted to point out that small font, so that no one would be surprised if they decided to pick this one up.

Now, let’s get to the content. This book was fine. I think that the characters were written well and I was obviously intrigued by the plot. I connected a lot to the setting because I grew up in a small town in Ohio. Now I live in a bigger, but still small town in Ohio so it was easy to put myself in the story.

There were quite a few predictable actions and a few things that were just outright unbelievable. Now I know what you’re thinking. “But, Kallie, this story is about a murderous half-deer half-human, you can’t gripe about things being unbelievable!” I know, but i’m talking about the actions of the people in the story being hard to believe. I try to start every story thinking that the characters are real people and would follow the same logic real people would follow. That just wasn’t here for me in this story. There was too much of a jump in belief for people. Their logic didn’t compute for me. 

As far as the predictability goes, I thought this followed a few too many classic tropes with not enough original twists. I have never read a weredeer story before, but every other aspect of this story followed some pretty routine murder mystery tropes. 

All of that said, I didn’t hate this book. It was a unique idea, but the execution wasn’t quite there for me. I’m giving this book 2.5 stars (rounded up to 3 for GR) because of its predictability and the lack of believability in character actions. Even though this book wasn’t for me, I would read more from this author in the future.