“Besides, he wasn’t a man without shelter anymore. He had a home of his own.” –Indrajit Garai
Hello Goodie Two Shoes!
I’m very excited to be reviewing a book again! It’s been too long, but this one is the first one that I’ve finished in a while.
A little backstory about how I got this book: The godmother of the author of this book was so sweet and reached out to me!
She said that she liked how I write my reviews, and asked if I would be interested in reviewing one of the books that her godson has written.
She even offered to send me a copy, and let me pick between the ebook and the paperback!
I love to have a physical copy, so I asked for that version.
A few days later, I got it in the mail, and now I’ve finished reading it!
So thank you so much Estelle for sending me a copy!
I’ve forgotten how I normally format these, lol.
Arnault is a Frenchman who has been in prison, convicted of murder.
Now, 24 years later, forensics has set him free, but his troubles aren’t finished yet.
Especially not when a young lawyer who has put herself in charge of his case keeps getting them both into dangerous situations.
This book didn’t work perfectly, but everything that was wrong with it can be summarized in this: it wasn’t long enough.
This book had an awkward pacing, and it seemed like it was only half the story.
That said, it did have some good, clear scenes and plot beats, but they weren’t in the right places.
There were a few times when the lawyer got into trouble, and Arnault just happened to be there to save her.
It was convenient, but it could have been fixed the author spent a little more time setting up why Arnault was there.
The ending was also a bit of a cliff hanger, and didn’t work. I don’t think there’s going to be any more books written about this story, but the story wasn’t finished.
I really did enjoy the story though.
There were some gruesome references because there was a gang/cult thing, but it was very clean.
I like this book the more that I think about it.
Before I get into all the little things I didn’t like, I want to talk about a couple of things:
- English is not this author’s first language, I don’t believe. It’s an incredible achievement to write anything in a language that is not your first. I can’t hardly imagine, so I commend him for that.
- There is something to be said about writing your idea out quickly, in short form, and getting it out into the world so you can work on the next thing. While this book isn’t perfect, the story is out there, and this is his fourth book. There’s definitely some strategy and good in that approach to writing.
This book focused a little too much on forensic evidence as the end all be all. I understand that forensics has been extremely helpful in many cases, there is so much more to it then that, and I would have appreciated to have other avenues explored.
I enjoyed the book, but there were some typos, some uncomfortable sentences (grammatically).
It was a little too convenient, and a little too short.
But I thought the author did a really great job writing from the female lawyer’s point of view.
I enjoyed his prose, and prose is very important to me as a reader.
The mystery was intriguing.
I’m definitely going to keep up with this author, and I’m excited to see what he continues to do!
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Thank you so much for reading! I hope you enjoyed.
Stay fun! I’ll see you in the next one.