Author – Frank Weisener
Genre – Mystery, Suspense, Thriller
288 Amazon Pages
Rating 4 stars out of 5 Posted 2/18/ 2017
9 - 2017
My impressions: double dealing, sick antagonist, good guy/ bad guy mental case, weird,
The main characters:
Sabine Sander, the missing student from Germany.
Benjamin Walker, age 23 also from Germany with a weird past.
Professor Robert Martin, at Florida International University.
Sandra Restrepo, victim.
Jerome Water, Miami detective.
Eric Poole, Miami detective.
Franco Tamargo, private investigator, ex-detective.
The cast of characters in The Student is large but interesting. Surprises and conflict are abundant. The plot involves the discovery of several female bodies floating in the bay near Miami. Both were students at FIU. And then German student Sabine Sander goes missing.
There are many flashbacks to cover the complex backstories that explain the history of several characters.
Ex-detective and now private investigator Franco Tamargo is hired by the brother of Sabine Sander to locate her and expose her abductor. Franco’s character is likeable and the primary one I felt an attachment to. Later that feeling transferred to Detective Jerome Water.
The story flips back and forth between characters and backstory and is easy to follow if the reader pays attention.
The ending was a surprise and hinted that Sabine might still be in danger from a nutcase.
The courtroom scene near the end didn’t seem realistic. DNA from semen would have swayed the ending.
The editing is good word wise, but many sentences need restructuring.
Character development is good as it is aided by the backstory insertions.
The writing style is wordy, stiff, repetitious and needs more conjunctions. I grew tired of seeing I am repeatedly when I’m would have been more natural.
The word SOME was overused to the point of being boring: some of this, some of that made the sentences ambiguous instead of tight and specific.
This review was provided in exchange for a free book.
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