“Clusters: Case of the Missing” by T.M. Williams opens with a search party looking for a seven-year old girl, Olivia Baxter, and her dog, who vanished while playing in the front yard. One week later the girl’s body was found in her closet, even though the home was thoroughly investigated. Ethan Franco, a journalist for the Washington Gazette, begins an investigation into the mysterious disappearance and subsequent death of Olivia and other unexplained cases of disappearances. He believes he finds a connection to the cases and suddenly finds himself under surveillance by the government. Not knowing who to trust, Franco joins forces with a small town sheriff to try to put together the missing pieces of what suddenly seems to go deeper than missing persons.
“Clusters” was a book I could not put down. I certainly wanted to, because I have a hard time reading stories involving the murder and disappearances of children. That Williams weaved such a fascinating mystery inspired by true events made it a totally entrancing, paranoia-inducing read. The sudden twists in the plot kept me guessing right up until the end, and then, when I got to the end, what I found there was completely outside anything I could have ever imagined. Actual true stories posted at the end of each chapter added an element of creepiness to the whole story.
If you love a good “based on true events” type of mystery, chock full of paranormal tendencies and quite possibly conspiracy theories, then “Clusters: Case of the Missing” by T.M. Williams will not disappoint.