Title: The Secret of Rosalita Flats (Blacktip Island #2)
Author: Tim W Jackson
Published on: 18th September 2020
Genre: Mystery and Thrillers
Cal is in Blacktip Island, trying to get rid of the football shaped house of his late father. The old man passed away while in the act (no details necessary, thank you very much!) with the cleaner Rosie. Cal and his mother left the island two decades ago. Cal’s father never kept in touch with them – Cal really doesn’t know if he’s inherited the house. The will is nowhere to be found. The house is a complete mess. Electricity bills dating back to twenty years and stacks of files and other junk, the house looks more like a junk yard than homely.
Rosie, the cleaner, refuses to leave. She says her employer paid her for the whole year and she would clean, rain or sunshine. Cal fires her all right. Twice. But Rosie doesn’t take no for an answer. Cal also catches her snooping into his dad’s stacks of files. And it’s not just Rosie who is curious about whatever. Cal cannot go out leaving the house locked (or unlocked, it hardly matters). Every time he goes out, he comes back to see the house ransacked. The greedy realtors of the island are eagerly waiting like sharks for Cal to sell the house – at dirt cheap price. Something stinks around in the Blacktip Island, and it’s definitely not fish!
The Secret of Rosalita Flats is a quirky, mysterious and entertaining story of a guy trying to find meaning in the nonsense. Well, at least that is how the story starts. Who builds a house that looks like a football, tell me? And like a cherry on top is a shoe lace completing the…um, ensemble?
After spending a day or two on the island, Cal is certain his father has hidden a treasure. The guy had no bank accounts or computer or laptop. He looked after the finances on his own. So, does that mean he has bundles of cash stacked someplace? Or, is it more than just cash?
If mosquitoes and someone trying the dig under the foundation of the house keeps Cal awake at night, another someone (or maybe the same) tries to keep him alert during the day y ransacking the house. Then there are the bloody chickens, cluck-clucking , day or night! What a mess!
The characters are quirky wackos. When Cal first reaches the island, nobody wants him there. Though they make him feel welcome, it’s all fake. Rosie scowls at every given opportunity while Rafe (Cal’s childhood friend) doesn’t want him there. Then there is Marina, another childhood friend, now grown up to be a pretty woman. Oh yes, before I forget, Cal runs a watch repair shop back in the US and his ex-wife is currently looking after the shop. I know right, feel pity for the guy or what?
The mystery behind the ‘mysteriously secretive’ islanders and sharks piqued my curiosity. The twists are plenty and the bread crumbs leads Cal to something bigger. At the end of the trail is the witch’s house. Or, not. 😀
The Secret of Rosalita Flats is no doubt, an entertaining read. The ending seemed a little abrupt and out of nowhere but giving it a second thought, I definitely think the shocking revelation did justice to the suspense built throughout the story.
If you are looking for a quirky and wacko read, The Secret of Rosalita Flats might be the book for you.
I received an ARC from BooksGoSocial and NetGalley in exchange for an honest and unbiased opinion.