- File Size: 694 KB
- Print Length: 240 pages
- Publisher: First Edition Design Publishing (April 7, 2017)
- Publication Date: April 7, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B06Y4JV5ZY
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,100,656 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Key to the book’s success is the believability and interestingness of the narrative voice. The book is narrated by young Brian Bonner, who after dropping out of high school and serving in Iraq works as a police officer on Cape Cod. He’s been disowned by his parents, lives by himself in a cramped apartment, and is lonely and depressed. It’s an impressive feat, I think, for the author to create this high school dropout’s colorful voice and maintain it through the entire book. I would assume that the author’s own writing voice is very different, especially since the back cover reveals he is a Boston attorney. In this, the book reminds me a little of Huckleberry Finn, narrated by grade-school-drop-out Huck. In fact, Brian is pretty Huck-like in a lot of ways.
The Fantasy Girl is probably best read on a beach—preferably when surrounded by shallow, materialistic people—but I read it by my wood-pellet stove in Vermont and enjoyed it nonetheless, and I hope to read more by this excellent new author.
The story unfolds on different levels which we find are in fact interrelated. The skill with which the author does this is one of the credits to his writing; and I finished (as I guess is true with many good mysteries) asking myself "Did I miss something?" That said, I am a fairly slow, nightstand reader; and I found myself anxious each night to find out "what next", let alone "who did it". I'm not sure I could put my finger on it; but the style, for me, set out with a kind of immediate intensity, which soon relaxed somewhat and then rebuilt.
My first sentence above is my "bottom line".
Good plot and cool characters so far.