Author – Paul Southern
Genre – Mystery, Suspense, Thriller
Amazon Pages, 77340 words
Rating 4 stars out of 5 Posted 7/17/16
My impressions: scary, psychotic, macabre, selfish liar, murderer, manipulator, diabolical,
The main character in this weird story is nameless throughout.
Near the beginning of the story, the main character is angry at two black women living in the apartment above him. They throw loud parties every week-end and are obnoxious when he complains. In retaliation, he jimmies the door to their apartment, turns off the power to the apartment and throws a Molotov cocktail through the third story window hoping everyone at the party will burn to death. Not the actions of a rational nice guy.
At about 40% into the story we learn the golden nugget of truth about the extent of this twisted plot.
At least 90% of the story is narrative, building the personality of the main character who is a real nutcase. He is the divorced father of a five year old daughter who he has spoiled to the point she ignores anything she's told to do. At times he idolizes her, other times he resents her.
The nutcase devises a plan by which he can have the daughter full time instead of only on week-ends.
For me a lot of the story was boring. It rambled on and on and on telling of his past history, his conquest and failures in order to establish his weak character and lack thereof.
But eventually the diverse happenings came together to form one scary picture of a man totally absorbed in himself to the point he'd destroy all of those around him to satisfy his sick needs.
The editing and sentence structure are extremely well done.
Research is lacking: Several actions were contrived to make that section of the plot work. The lock cylinders on entrance door locks cannot be removed from the entrance side of the door. If they could be any burglar could easily break into any home. Also, I've never seen fuse boxes located outside apartments in main hallways.
I can highly recommend this story to psychological thriller genre readers who have the patience and persistence to see it through to the end.
This review was provided in exchange for a free book.
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