Genre - Mystery
Rating 4 stars out of 5 Post Feb. 18, 2016
This story has so many issues I've had a serious problem rating it. On one hand, the writing and editing are good, but then there's the plot itself. The first half of the book centers on forty-five-year-old Phil Allman trying to rationalize to himself, and to the reader, that chasing after a fifteen-year-old girl doesn't make him a pedophile. Due to my staunch Judeo-Christian upbringing, he lost that argument from the get-go. Phil is an ex-cop and presently has a Private Investigator's license. He works primarily at chasing down cheating spouses.
Since his divorce, Phil's search for a mate has been abysmal. All of his partners, in his eyes, have turned out to be overweight, ugly and stupid. Of course, Phil feels he deserves much better than the rejects he's trolled for on dating sites.
His infatuation for the high school student, Marci, quickly turns to love, and they're soon married with the blessing of her mother. (Mom probably places Jerry Lee Lewis and Chuck Berry on pedestals.)
Halfway through the story we finally get to the Mystery portion. As the story progressed I felt Phil's reactions to the unfolding situation painted him as a weak-kneed wimp, afraid to confront his child bride. He vacillated between 'gonna kill the bastard' to doing nothing.
The young girl refused to discuss any details of the sordid plot she's involved in and our loony protagonist accepted her behavior in the name of unrequited love. Finally, he used his investigative skills to check up on her and learned the identity of the person manipulating his wife.
When the story shifted to oral sex incest by intimidation, Phil finally shifted gears to vigilantism and partially redeemed himself in my eyes.
The subject matter of Young Blood is disturbing, and therein lies the problem. Phil's loving relationship with his Lolita like wife doesn't compare in vileness to a plot involving the abduction, rape, torture and brutal murder of youngsters by a pedophile serial killer. Toward the end, incest was also thrown in on top of Phil's own questionable behavior.
I don't recommend this story for readers easily offended by gutter language, sexual perversion and justifiable murder. But I won't trash it either; there is nothing mechanically wrong with it, and the two lovers eventually rode off into the sunset in their May-September relationship. That's the reason it get's a 4 star rating. My final words are, buyer beware. This is definitely not a story for everyone.
This review was provided in exchange for a free book.
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