Now, for the review of Murder Takes Time. It is the first story written by Giacomo Giammatteo. The essence of the story is this. A group of kids grows up in Wilmington, Delaware--already a plus for me since I have a handful of good friends in Wilmington DE. Three in particular are really tight, and as they grow up, they follow in the mob's footsteps. However, one of them becomes a cop (Frankie), one gets in deep with the mob (Tony), and the last one, Nicky, ultimately goes to jail (oh, don't worry, I didn't give anything away!)
The book opens with a gruesome murder. GRUESOME! and you, the reader, begin to follow along with their lives and how they are interconnected while they seem completely different. The story is told chapter by chapter from an unknown person's perspective in 1st person and then from 3rd person following Frankie. And back and forth. Sometimes in the middle of chapters it changes. I like the concept, but at times it was very difficult to follow.
Murder Takes Time is not a book I would recommend to families. Giacomo Giammatteo didn't write it for kids. He would never say that he did.
Giacomo Giammatteo is an engaging writer. Even though, it was difficult for me to read at times, I still wanted to know what happened in the end.
This book has an interesting plot twist.
Lots of characters to get to know.
Language--Rough and offensive. Do not read this to your children (it was never intended for children--but I will say it again. Don't read it to your kiddos!)
Sexual imagery--Let me repeat myself. Not for kids, or many adults either
Graphic violence--I still shudder as some of the scenes depicted that I had to skip because I felt nauseous reading them. Now, let me say, those images may not bother you. I'm just letting you know that they are there.