Review: Unpaved Surfaces by Joseph Souza

Title: Unpaved Surfaces
Author: Joseph Souza
Pages: 341
Published: March 3, 2015
Genre: Mystery/suspense
Review: ebook provided by kindle scout

Enter into the life of an ideal family—Auggie is a happy nine-year-old boy whose father, Keith, loves him more than anything. Keith’s life seems ideal—until one day Auggie vanishes. A year has passed since Keith’s son disappeared, and he’s haunted by glimpses of his son appearing in his small Maine town. With the investigation at a dead end and his family paralyzed with grief, Keith worries that he's losing his mind. In a thrilling twist, the case turns in a new direction—a direction that could either heal his family or tear them, and the rest of the town, apart.

I received this book via Kindle Scout to give an honest review.
When looking through the blurb really pulled me to want to read this book. You have a young boy that just vanishes, the family is no longer the same and and we watch as the family slowly starts to heal but it is taking time.
Now the names of the kids will probably throw you off. I know it did me when I was reading, I like different names in books but not too different. 
We are introduced to Keith who blames himself for Auggie going missing when he took him to the bus stop. Auggie's mother blames herself because she was suppose to take him but instead did not.
Keith believes he sees Auggie's ghost on more than one occasion and follows him wherever he is going, he is hoping to find out what happened. Now no one really believes Keith when he says he sees the ghost of his missing son. 
Now enter in an author who ends up playing a crucial role but we don't know much until towards the end when it all comes full circle and it is like oh wow that is a nice twist. 
We watch as slowly but surely the  Battle family even though they are down on luck with the depression of losing a family member, losing jobs and campaigns they all eventually come together and get the answers they need. 
The characters are very descriptive and the author has a way of giving you a lot of detail on the place where they live that you feel like you are there. You feel connected to the characters one way or another.
I have to say I felt bad for  Shippen and the things he had to deal with at school, it did kind of though me for a loop when his peers thought he had something to do with Auggie disappearing. I never truly understood why just because he kept to himself. 
I honestly could not put the book down as I was determined to find out myself what happened to little Auggie. 
If you are looking for a good mystery then this would be the book for you.

Joseph Souza is the author of many award-winning short stories and essays. He graduated from Northeastern University and grew up near Boston. THE REAWAKENING is his debut horror novel and the first in THE LIVING DEAD SERIES. The REAWAKENING won the 2013 Maine Literary Award for Speculative Fiction and was an Amazon bestseller. DARPOCALYPSE, BOOK 2, is now published. DARMAGEDDON, BOOK 3 will be published in the fall of 2013 or early 2014. All three novels published by PERMUTED PRESS. His latest thriller THE LIGER PLAGUE, is the 1st book in his next exciting series.
He lives near Portland, Maine with his wife and two children and enjoys running, cooking and playing golf when not writing.

Joseph can be contacted at and on Twitter @josephsouza3. You can also visit his website to read more about Joseph as well read reviews and an excerpt of THE REAWAKENING and THE LIGER PLAGUE at
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