The Dead Key | Review


Rating: 5 out of 5.

About the book:

It’s 1998, and for years the old First Bank of Cleveland has sat abandoned, perfectly preserved, its secrets only speculated on by the outside world.

Twenty years before, amid strange staff disappearances and allegations of fraud, panicked investors sold Cleveland’s largest bank in the middle of the night, locking out customers and employees, and thwarting a looming federal investigation. In the confusion that followed, the keys to the vault’s safe-deposit boxes were lost.

In the years since, Cleveland’s wealthy businessmen kept the truth buried in the abandoned high-rise. The ransacked offices and forgotten safe-deposit boxes remain locked in time, until young engineer Iris Latch stumbles upon them during a renovation survey. What begins as a welcome break from her cubicle becomes an obsession as Iris unravels the bank’s sordid past. With each haunting revelation, Iris follows the looming shadow of the past deeper into the vault—and soon realizes that the key to the mystery comes at an astonishing price.


First Impressions

What first called my attention was the mystery was more about the place than the people, that was curious in a way, then you have 2 timelines piecing up what’s going on with this place and the feeling that something was always there in the shadows so cool.

This it’s the first I read from the author will not be the last she has this way of reeling you in with the plot and the characters that makes you want to be there maybe help them, if you have a curious mind you will encounter yourself piecing all together with them.


They were times I want to kill them, punch them or do anything just for they to come to some sense, but they do were very human too so it felt the more you got in the story the more wanted to know what what’s going on with them and what their end will be.

Final Thoughts

By the end I felt so invested in this already I just wanted to know what else was going to happen if they were getting of there or not, ll of them and what will happen with the other ones if they got or not what they deserved, loved the end give me a lot of that and it felt as if a weight was off my shoulders already.

Super recommended if you like suspense and psychological thrillers with a little of crime in it.

About the book:

D.M. Pulley lives in northeast Ohio with her husband, her two children, and a dog named Hobo. Before becoming a full-time writer, she worked as a Professional Engineer rehabbing historic structures and conducting forensic investigations of building failures. Pulley’s structural survey of a vacant building in Cleveland inspired her debut novel, The Dead Key, the winner of the 2014 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. Since then, Pulley has sold over a half a million books worldwide, and her work has been translated into eight different languages.

Pulley’s historical mysteries shine a light into the darker side of life in the Midwest during the twentieth century, when cities like Detroit and Cleveland struggled to survive. Her latest novel, No One’s Home (due out September 1, 2019), unravels the disturbing history of an old mansion haunted by family secrets, financial ruin, and murder. The abandoned buildings, haunted houses, and buried past of the Rust Belt continue to inspire her work.


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