Author – Terri Reynolds
Genre – Mystery, Suspense, Thriller
347 Amazon Pages
Rating 5 stars our of 5 Posted 2/19/2018
No. 07 - 2018
My Impressions: betrayal, lies, lies, lies, subterfuge, vicious behavior, avoidance,
Molly Pope - wife of James, waiting multiple years for a divorce petition to finalize.
James Pope – Molly's quirky, vindictive, cruel, and sociopathic husband.
Kate Lawson – Molly's best friend and enabler.
Eddie Lawson – Kate's adoring and staunchly loyal husband.
Fiona – Jilted wife, overbearing, revengeful widow of cheating husband.
Wow! I'm impressed. The author of The Blame Game has masterfully brewed a story that starts out softly and gradually builds intensity and conflict to a stunning climax.
A small English town, miles from London, is the sitting for The Blame Game. The town is small enough that many people are privy to the nasty gossip and remember atrocious behavior long after it occurs. Molly Pope has committed serious but avoidable acts in the past, and then she's been brazen enough to repeat them again and again over the years. She is considered a low-life, pariah by those who recall and cling to the notoriety of her past.
Molly has one thing most people in her position don't have. She has Kate, a true friend who endures her lies and indiscretions and maintains a caring relationship.
Intrigue and innuendo plague other central characters too numerous to mention. Altogether the story evokes deep emotion in all the characters and the reader as well.
The ending caught me completely by surprise when the final scenes were disclosed
Now for the downside. Word editing is okay with minor issues. Comma's are the major fault here. There are scads of extra commas as well as missing ones plus a plethora of comma splices.
Sentence structure suffers due to the comma issues.
Character development is great for the large number of complex characters involved.
Details abound about the characters and surroundings
The writing style is slow paced and explores complex issues and intrigue around and between the characters.
The plot is serious with extensive ramifications between the characters.
I rated the story five stars based on the plot, writing, and characters in spite of the major comma editing issues. If those are a compelling concern to you the rating drops to a four star.
This review was provided in exchange for a free book.
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