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Covenant Communications
"White Out" is by Brett Cain.

"WHITE OUT," by Brett Cain, Covenant Communications, $14.99, 178 pages (f)

Frank Sawyer has recently returned from his mission in Peru for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Unfortunately, due to other commitments, none of his family was able to make it home to Washington to greet him. So, at the beginning of winter and with nothing else to do, he decides to take a road trip across the United States in “White Out.”

Covenant Communications
Brett Cain is the author of "White Out."

Sawyer’s journey is halted when his car is sideswiped by a passing vehicle and he discovers its passenger has been murdered. When his own car is stolen, Sawyer is taken to the nearest town of Cluff, Montana, where he quickly falls out of favor with police officers. When a blizzard shuts down the interstate, Sawyer becomes trapped in Cluff with a mystery to solve and his car to find.

While the premise of “White Out” is good, that’s about all this book has going for it. Written in first-person, Sawyer’s lack of fear sets the tone for this book, making situations that should be suspenseful instead come across as mundane.

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Labeled as a suspense, “White Out” reads more like a conglomeration of facts, many of them having nothing to do with the plot, instead of a heart-pounding novel. The tangents Sawyer goes off on are excessive and range many subjects, from hunting ethics to how many times a mouthful of food should be chewed. While many of Sawyer’s mission experiences are related in detail, other more important details aren’t, and those untold pieces make this story confusing. Particulars such as why he set off on a cross-country road trip without a cell phone, an expired driver’s license and no credit or debit cards add to the implausibility of this story.

“White Out” has clean language and extremely limited violence. Murder, a disturbing fixation and fist-fights do occur, but they aren’t related in a gory manner.

A former student at Brigham Young University, author Brett Cain lives in the state of Washington with his family.