Initially drawn to ‘Charity’ by the cover, it turns out to be a solid read. It starts out with a crime scene and immediately draws you in. It’s gritty, exciting, funny, and captivating, everything you’d expect from a good thriller and suspense novel.
The language was descriptive and, at times, humorous. For example, in reference to sensual rope-tying:- ‘How tight should one pull the silken twine before the reef knot turned into the grief knot?’
The only thing that diminished the otherwise fluid pace of the story were the one-word sentences, of which there were many. Tons. Numerous. However, that’s just the author’s style, and since I’m talking about it in a review, it made the story unique.
I didn’t like how the story switched from third person to first person for a single chapter, despite the chapter title declaring ‘First Person Plural.’ At times, the story also breaks the fourth wall, speaking directly to the reader, which I wasn’t a fan of, but that’s just a personal preference.
Overall, the book is an exciting thrill-ride involving crime scenes, action, and intriguing characters who help maintain the pace of the story. The musings of JJ Stoner, the main character, are hilarious and mix nicely with some of the other darker themes of the story. I’d definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a fun read featuring a strong lead and a thrilling plot.
Reviewed by Degen Hill
This review originally appeared at www.ocpobwd.com/china/2018/7/12/book-review-a-last-act-of-charity
A Last Act Of Charity is available at Amazon