Mystery, Suspense, Thriller
Rating - Three stars out of five Posted 4/16/2016
The characters in Death at Presley Park run the full gamut of our relatives, friends and acquaintances. From the slutty, oversexed, cheating wife to her hardworking cuckold husband they're all here. After reading the story to the end, I asked myself what the author's intent was in writing it. Surely there was more than simply portraying another mass shooting. That wasn't readily apparent because the story was chopped off shortly after the firing of the last bullet.
I went back and read the shooting scene again while paying closer attention to the causalities. What follows is my interpretation of the story, not the author's.
But first, the bad news. Many of the scene changes are lumped together with no warning spaces or characters to set them apart. Internal thoughts are not highlighted by italics as is common practice.
There are many incomplete or fragmented sentences. A few authors can use those to their advantage, but most of these didn't work well.
At one point a random, vague thought that didn't belong to the current character was included as an info dump.
Sentence structure in some cases was poor in that the phrases were out of natural and logical sequence.
Word usage was good as far as spelling and having extra, missing or wrong words. Missing or extra commas were another matter with many instances of them being omitted or inserted incorrectly.
Research was lacking. The shooter was said to modify his semiautomatic Glock handgun to shoot fully automatic. (I'm not at all sure that can be done.) But then he was able to fire a single bullet at Mandy.
CAUTION! FROM THIS POINT ON, THERE ARE SPOILERS THAT DISCUSSS THE ENDING.
The first of the main characters to be killed were Carlo and Carlotta Donatelli. Why? They were the purest of all the characters and had no ties to the gunman; he had no axe to grind with them and likely didn't even know them. Why did the author pick them to die and why were they the first?
Next, William arrived to pick up Chrissie. He was shot in the chest, but managed to warn her to play dead. Was he eliminated because he was such an obnoxious ass toward his ex wife?
Neil stood by the stage waiting to expose the sexual predators who had ruined his childhood. Suddenly both of his antagonist were caught in a hail of bullets. Two more characters whose actions dictated they be eliminated?
Colin saw the gunman and finally convinced his father-in-law of the danger. Did he escape because he had repented his act of stealing from his employer?
And then there was Mandy as she rescued Emma. She was only wounded; was that because she had repented her past slutty, cheating behavior?
Finally, Danny Frankel confronted the shooter, and they struggled before both men were shot and both died. It was fitting and proper that the shooter died violently that day. But was Danny sacrificed in atonement for his past shallow behavior, especially toward his father?
Readers will have to draw their own conclusions as to whether the ending had a deeper meaning than just a simple radical shooter taking revenge on the people he felt had wronged him.
This review was provided in exchange for a free book.
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