Implosion is an ensemble story taking place in the final weeks of the fictional Desert Palace hotel in Las Vegas. Most of the interweaving stories revolve around six million dollars that went missing after a botched robbery of the casino. Rumor has it the money is still in the building and everyone wants to find it before the hotel is leveled.
Much of the story revolves around hotel/casino owner Foxy Craig, Elvis impersonator Hector Deatle, Hotel/casino manager John Cusamano, cocktail waitress Linda Mayo and reporter Nedra Dean. Some of the characters are actively after the money, others are just dreaming about it.
Like many workplaces, the employees of the Desert Palace are like a second family to each other. Author Carolyn Hamilton was able to link all the character’s storylines together in a believable way. Between work and home, they each crisscrossed to create a cohesive and flowing story.
This was a fun book to read. The closing of the Desert Palace along with the pending destruction of the building gave real ticking clock to beat. If the six million can’t be found it will be lost to the explosion that brings down the building.
If you are looking for a fun story with a good mix of twists and more than a few “did not see that coming” moments, you will want to download Implosion.
A free advance copy was given by the publisher via NetGalley for this unbiased review.