Book Review: The Forsaken by Ace Atkins

June 8, 2016


The Forsaken by Ace Atkins is the 4th book in The Ranger series. The series follows Quinn Colson, a former Army Ranger, who comes back to his home in Jericho, Mississippi to be near his family and gets elected Sheriff.

Book Review: The Forsaken by Ace Atkins
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I have read all of the Quinn Colson novels and enjoyed them all, so I was looking forward to read The Forsaken by Ace Atkinsespecially because of on the cliffhangers from the previous novel. Like the rest of the series, this novel is a standalone story and Mr. Atkins does a good job reintroducing the pertinent parts of the characters, however I would recommend to read at least one of the novels in the series (if possible, The Lost Ones) to get a better understanding of the characters and have a better experience reading the novel.

I was never in the deep south of the United States, and I can only assume Mr. Atkins writes about what he knows, but the novel reads much like I would imagine a small-town-America in the Bible belt would be. The dialogue is wonderful and it was nice to reconnect with old, memorable characters.

The previous novel, set me up to believe that this novel would be a mystery / legal thriller with the Sheriff and his assistant on trial. I thought this would have been a perfect opportunity for Mr. Atkins to stretch the series a bit and go in a different direction. What I got, though, was the same old same old formula with a mystery which only serves as a vehicle to enrich and the characters and further their development.

I did enjoy the book very much and would certainly recommend the whole series. Mr. Atkins keeps on writing great characters, great narrative and excellent stories.


A white teenager is raped and killed in Tibbehah County, MI while her girlfriend manages to escape after being raped. A black man who wonders into town is blamed for the crime and lynched.

More than three decades later, Sheriff Collson and his deputy open up the file to investigate what really happened. The officers are also fending off a wrongful accusation of murder (after being setup by the county’s unofficial boss) and helping the area recover from a devastating tornado.

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