I do not know why I left this book pending for the time I did. Once I got past the first chapter, the story was absorbing and quite convoluted. This last part is a good thing that made the story unique, and I actually liked it.
As mentioned earlier, the first chapter or so focuses on Hogs and the problem they are creating in a small town. They are eating crops, amongst other things, and destroying property due to their size and numbers. People have been free reign to trap and kill them as necessary. They even feature in the background of every important scene throughout the book. In this odd situation, we meet a sad man who lost his job and his best friend at almost the same time. He follows it up with a need to protect the family the friend left behind. We have a handful of characters who make up most of the story, but each is their own brand of weird. Although this book is labelled a mystery, I saw it play out more like a drama with the emotional bonds between the various characters, causing different things to happen the way they did. Since the focus was so much on the people and their idiosyncrasies, I never even saw the twist coming, and when it did, I did not even treat it as one. The back and forth in time, however, was a little confusing and disorienting sometimes; otherwise, I would have liked the book even more.
Overall, this is a very different read and a reasonably quick one. If the blurb even sounds remotely interesting, I would recommend picking it up.
I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers, but the review is entirely based on my own reading experience.