Laura Reagan's father believed in Bigfoot; he even captured the legendary creature on film once. But Laura is a skeptic. She runs the popular website Science Is Awesome and prefers science and fact to rumor and myth. Then Professor Sorel, an old family friend, goes missing right before the annual Roanoke Valley Bigfoot Festival and Laura returns to Oregon to help search for him. After all, she grew up hiking the mountains around Roanoke with her father. Only it seems Bigfoot sightings are up this year, and when a dead body is found in the mountains that looks more like murder than an accidental fall, Laura begins to suspect there's something going on up on Roanoke Ridge. Is it Bigfoot? Or something else?
I don't know why, but I've always been drawn to Bigfoot novels. They tend to be fun, speculative fiction. And this book is no exception. I liked how Laura knows all the mythos surrounding Bigfoot, and how despite her confirmed skepticism, she keeps an open mind as things unfold around her. Ted the Ranger was also a fun character. And the Bigfoot believers, or 'squatchers', that she meets are certainly a colorful bunch. As are the hoaxers. If there really was a Bigfoot Festival like the one in this book, I'd go just for the fun of it. (And for the tee shirts!)
Overall, Roanoke Ridge turned out to be a fun mystery, well-paced and very entertaining.
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