Thursday, March 29, 2012

Dynamic characters drive crafty suspense

Who Stole Me? by Jon P. Bloch
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Who Stole Me will either leave you speechless or blurting expletives by the end because just when you think you've got it all figured out, author Jon Bloch throws you another curve-ball.

Set in modern day America, Bloch creates an interesting first person narrative that bounces between his two main characters. Dr. Jess Falcon and AKA Dr. Jesse Falcon are each mired in a twisted series crimes that drive them to weave a series of lies so complex they have little choice but to bury the evidence behind even more subterfuge as the body count rises.

Bloch does an incredible job creating a real identity for his two main characters through their words and actions, particularly their thoughts and feelings as the pressure mounts. He places just enough emphasis on the supporting cast to add color and functionality to the plot without distracting from his lead actors. You won’t love any of them but you will feel something strong for each. The plot twists and turns at a frantic pace as the dirty deeds and lies pile up. You’ll follow these two men anxiously, knowing it must all come to a head but wondering who will walk away when the dust settles, if anyone.

Bloch is clearly an imaginative story teller with an aptitude for designing colorful characters. It’s through dialogue and a crafty approach to the narrative that his gifts manifest. The only knock for some will be that certain elements with the son are a bit of a reach. I loved the plot and his cast – 4.5 stars for a suspense-filled, captivating story.

Tom Clementson (Kindle Book Review)

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