Backlist Review: A Casual Weekend Thing

Every once in a while I check my TBR pile and find a hidden gem I’d forgotten to read. Today that’s…

A Casual Weekend Thing

by A.J. Thomas


I have to admit, I didn’t expect what I found when I opened A Casual Weekend Thing. From the description I expected to find lines drawn along common tropesĀ and much made of race, orientation… and while those elements are both instrumental and vital to the plot, they don’t take over. By and far, the story focuses on the main characters as they face very personal and public struggles.

A cop in name as he faces recovery from a gunshot to the shoulder earned in the line of duty, Christoper finally screws up the courage to go talk to his captain about the possible end of his career in Homicide. What he learns there makes that fade as he faces the death of his brother who committed suicide high in the mountains of Montana. Christopher’s painful past is forced into his present life.

As he travels from San Diego, he stops off in the last big city before the boonies and finds something he really didn’t expect: Doug Heavy Runner. Another cop, he has no idea who Doug is and vice versa. They have a passionate connection and go their separate ways only to meet up again at the coroner’s office. From there, they’ll face a host of challenges together and apart as they unravel the secrets plaguing Doug’s hometown, secrets that involve cryptic messages, cadaver dogs, and a lot of hidden violence. If they can’t trust each other…?

Honestly, the varied threads of this story are just what I’m looking for when I look for a good book. There were a variety of sub-plots to keep me interested. Each character had a past that influenced their present. They were fully fleshed out and very real in their private and public selves. The suicide, the investigation, local cops, FBI, small town secondary characters, and secrets all swirl together in unexpected ways in this five-star read.

Don’t miss out!

5 Stars


~ Reviewed by Cia

*eBook contains potential trigger material: suicide, past abuse, violence


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