OK so you decided to start reading this review based on my headline “savor it”. Then stay with it because you are in for a great ride.
I have read every book by this author. I have corresponded with him and he, in turn, has corresponded with me. He asked me to review one of his books that was yet to be published, which I did. I thought it an outstanding effort and told him so.
So, telling you this you may consider I’m just a wee bit biased penning this review following my having given it a 5 star rating.
But in fairness you would be wrong.
Allow me to amplify.
The word “savor” comes to mind when I find a really excellent wine. In other words, I don’t want to just drink it, I want to relish it to the point of sipping it in order to make it last longer. I savored this book from page one to page last. It was that good. And that’s what I mean.
First of all, I do not retell story lines in my reviews. It’s my belief that the author does a much better job of doing that than me. Instead I analyze a read based on several criteria which hopefully will cause a fellow reader to want to read on.
To begin with Plot is a strength. I put a book down from time to time in order to see if I can recall where I left off when I come back to it without having to re read passages. When I can then that to me is indicative of a strong plot. It flows without any misdirection from the main story line. There is no filler by the author to fill up space because he forgot where he was going, or worse hoping the reader will stay with him until he can get back to main story. This book had such a strong plot line that I simply could not tear myself away in order to test my theory. I found the plot tantalizing.
Character development is another criteria I analyze, both for the protagonist and antagonist. I need the good guys to be good and the bad guys to be bad. I mean that. There are several herein and each are individually cast well in their respective mold. Max Warfield and Ludivine are good people. Gustave and Mr. Winthrop are bad. And each plays their role so well. There are others in each vein, but you’ll get the point.
Every book has to have a rising action, a falling action, most often an anti climax and, of course, a resolution.
The rising action in this read is, in a word, agonizing in that it keeps going and going to the point of exhaustion. That is not a criticism. As it enhances plot, rising action will not let you put the book down. A word of caution. Do NOT start this read at 9 o’clock at night. If you do you will be in for a very long night!
Falling action and anti climax are somewhat intertwined. The latter will have you hanging by your finger nails. But in the final analysis the author answers all the reader’s questions in very satisfying way. Honestly, I didn’t want this book to end.
The resolution is fitting and just feels right in league with what went on during the story.
Among those writers that literally hold me to the printed page, page after page, Chuck Driscoll fits in quite nicely and by that I include specifically John Grisham and most favorably Dennis Lehane.
I could go on, but I would simply say the same things I have said above using different words.
Read this book. I guarantee you won’t be disappointed. I promise.