Through the Waves a Steady Path
Patrick M. Garry
Kenric Books (2021)
Reviewed by Jen Oliver-Rigsby for Reader Views (08/2021)
“Through the Waves a Steady Path” by Patrick M. Garry introduces readers to Elaine Connor, a former Minneapolis police officer, and Reilly Boschardt, the daughter of Elaine’s former boyfriend. Reilly shows up on Elaine’s door years after Elaine and Reilly’s father broke up. Since Reilly’s appearance, Elaine gets involved in a local university bombing where she now works as a campus security officer. During the investigation, Elaine, with the help of Reilly and an ex-con computer hacker, Nathan, uncovers a strong undercover international smuggling scheme. However, almost every step of the way, Elaine’s past wants to keep bringing up its awful head. Can Elaine figure out what is truly going on before she is forced to lose everything, including her freedom?
It has been a while since I have read a book with such strong character development. On the surface, Elaine appears to be a former cop turned campus security and Reilly appears to be that typical semi-annoying 18-year-old kid who is naïve to the world. But as the story develops, readers learn that there are several layers to both characters. Some of the layers cause other minor characters to struggle in figuring out who and why Elaine does what she does and how she seems to cope with all of it.
The plot had several small components that lead to the underlying horrific story of the bombing on a college campus. A lot of minor characters, including a dirty cop who just loves to harass Elaine every step of the way, are involved but don’t seem to be at first. It is hard to make the initial connection but readers are taken on a ride to the final explanation of how everything is connected. Once all of the connections are revealed, it makes sense even though it is hard and scary to imagine.
Overall, “Through the Waves a Steady Path” is great and a quicker read than what it might initially appear. The pace is steady and there is enough mystery to keep readers turning the page.