The Springthorpe Agenda by Dale Ripley was published on February 22nd, 2018. Synopsis: For a man who hadn’t had more than a sip of alcohol for most of his life, how had he managed to consume so much that it interfered with his medicines and led to his death?
Mark Hogarth, a New York newspaper editor, receives a text from his sister, Liv, stating that their father has died. Mark books the next flight to San Francisco to pick up the last of his father’s belongings from Springthorpe Manor, an old, red brick, retirement home sitting high on a hill. As Mark sorts through his father’s remaining possessions, he discovers strange and cryptic notes in his father’s journal that suggest foul play.
Mark becomes convinced that his father may still be alive, even after Heath Dole, the director of Springthorpe, hands him a black urn containing his father’s ashes and assures Mark that Ralph Hogarth has indeed passed. Has Mark’s grief made him unwilling to accept his loss? Or are Mark’s instincts correct? What secrets are being guarded within the walls of Springthorpe, and who can be trusted?
Navigating the dark corridors of the facility, Mark teams up with Sarah Kramer, a Springthorpe nurse, to search for the truth about the mysterious clues and events unfurling around them. They soon discover that Heath Dole will stop at nothing to protect the secrets of Springthorpe Manor.
About the author: Dale Ripley graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Bacteriology. After several years of Lab Technician positions, Dale switched career gears and spent some time as a Personal Banking Rep, an Optometric Technician and a Shipping Supervisor. Never one to sit still, Dale now works as a QA Engineer for a software company. Dale grew up in both Wisconsin and Kentucky. In Kentucky, he lived and worked on a dairy farm-learning to milk cows and drive tractors. In his free time, Dale has been very involved in multiple community theaters. He got the acting bug in 1991, landing a small part in a play. Since then, he has landed lead roles in “Barefoot in the Park”, “Arsenic and Old Lace” and “A Few Good Men”. Dale and his wife moved to Florida in 2016 to escape the cold and snowy winters of Wisconsin. Now empty-nesters, they spend plenty of time at the beach. Dale has dreamed of publishing a novel for at least 20 years now. Finally, he can cross that off his bucket list with the release of “The Springthorpe Agenda”. Thank you for taking the time to read about the author. Dale is very grateful and appreciates all of you who have supported him and encouraged him by reading his book.
My thoughts: The Springthorpe Agenda is a fast-paced action-packed thriller that does not disappoint. Ripley has created a truly mysterious read that will keep you on the edge of your seat. A story that is full of twists and turns that lurk around every corner with an ending that you will never see coming. Overall, a remarkable read that I recommend to anyone who loves a good suspenseful thriller. ** I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.**