Book Review: Riverside by Brett Burlison

Release Date: January 4, 2016
Publisher: Barton Creek Press
Format: Kindle
Pages: 348 pages
Genre: mystery, suspense, romance
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Two young lovers decide to move in together and open a cafe only to be hindered by their own pasts, drugs, and bad guys from New Orleans. Set in Austin, Texas in the early nineties.

Bobby Patrick, abandoned by his mother as a child and by his alcoholic father during high school, wants a better life for himself and his true love, Katie. The couple decides to open a cafĂ© and chase their dreams under the radiant Austin sunsets. There, the long, hot days of summer in inspire their passion--but complications arise when Katie's former love interest returns, bringing with him a whirlwind of trouble.

As Katie's dark past reveals itself, Bobby fears it could threaten all they have been striving for. Along with Katie's best friend, Sara, with whom Bobby has his own secret history, the couple becomes tangled up in a drug deal and falls under close watch by Austin police and New Orleans mobsters.

Bobby must find a way to protect Katie, help Sara, and help himself to thousands of dollars from the ill-fated deal. If he can't, his future with Katie could be shattered forever.


This is Burlison's debut novel and its pretty good.  There were some things that just didn't flow with me but for the most part I thought this was a solid book.  The beginning was a bit disjointed but then it started to flow, then it picked up and took off like a rocket.  The ending wasn't as strong as I would have liked but it worked.

The mystery isn't much of a mystery, since we sort of know what is going on the whole time, the question is how can they can get out of it. I believe this book is set several years ago since I don't think the technology in the book was as up to date - I'm not even sure I remember anyone having a mobile phone! Overall an enjoyable read.

Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher through in exchange for an honest review.