Author: David Swinson
About the book: It’s the third book in a series about a police officer who had to retire because of his drug and alcohol addictions.
I received a free copy of the book from Hachette in exchange for an honest review.
First impressions: I like the title. The premise sounded interesting, so I decided to give it a shot.
Characters: Frank Marr isn’t perfect. He has many flaws. I didn’t love him right away, but he grew on me.
The protagonist teams up with a young man named Calvin despite their past history. The latter grew on me as well.
I wanted to get to know the secondary characters better. At least, Frank and Calvin develop a great deal throughout the novel.
“One thing you’ll learn is it doesn’t always go as planned.”
Writing: The story is told in the first person from Frank’s perspective. I love the short chapters. I also love the various conversations between different characters. They felt raw. The dialogue contains a lot of profanity. Even some of the scenes and themes trend more mature because they wouldn’t be suitable for a younger audience. There isn’t really any romance, but some characters have complicated relationships with others.
I wouldn’t have minded more description, especially in regards to the appearances of characters. I had a hard time imagining how everyone looked like.
Final thoughts: The ending didn’t satisfy me as it felt a bit sudden. I wasn’t expecting a happy one, but I still have questions. It’s not the easiest read because Swinson delves into some difficult issues, but I enjoyed seeing the plot unfold at a solid pace.
This novel isn’t for everyone, but if you like suspenseful novels featuring morally questionable characters, check out Trigger.