Author – Matthew McLean
Genre – Literary Thriller
224 Amazon Pages
Rating 4 stars out of 5 Posted 12/29/2017
No. 73 – 2017
My Impressions: conflict, poignant, survivor, irreversible sickness, gruesome, good action
No Name main character: tough ex-US Marine.
Cheryl – Ex-marine’s wife, dying of cancer.
Sophie – Mistress of Don Verdicchio, Italian mobster
Dennis – Barrista of a bar in Venice, an underling of Don Verdicchio.
One Sore Rib is an unusual story not only in the plot but that the main character is never given a name. But it works.
Cheryl has terminal cancer and is slowly dying. Her husband sinks to doing whatever dirty, dangerous, criminal job is required to fulfill her wishes of completing her own bucket list before the Beast of cancer devours her. Her final wish is to succumb to the Beast while in Venice, Italy.
The tough ex-Marine is an introvert experiencing difficulty accepting Cheryl’s imminent death and his loss of her love and companionship. They had plans that disappeared when she was diagnosed and the treatments decimated their savings.
Then the young beautiful Sophie enters the married couple’s life. She and Cheryl speak Italian but not the ex-Marine. Sophie is the unwilling mistress of Don Verdicchio, an Italian criminal.
Cheryl skillfully maneuvers Sophie and the ex-Marine together into a strictly platonic relationship.
The ending is a bit bizarre and unexpected. I won’t sully the ending by telling you more, but is heartbreaking and open-ended with no hint of a conclusion.
The editing isn’t terrible but there are far too many missing, misspelled, and wrong word errors.
Too many Italian words cause the reader to consult the dictionary function often and distracts from the flow of the plot.
In spite of the issues listed above I enjoyed One Sore Rib and heartily recommend it.
This review was provided in exchange for a free book.
Vigilant Reader Book Reviews.