- File Size: 4353 KB
- Print Length: 329 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1977925847
- Publisher: Kindle Press (October 17, 2017)
- Publication Date: October 17, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0741BNTT4
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #569,182 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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As with all the best whodunits, you're never quite sure who the good guys are and alliances seem to shift like quicksilver. Highly recommended.
The evil geneticist theme in the author’s synopsis caught my interest, and the man appears in chapter 1. But that mention is largely a teaser and he doesn’t reappear until chapter 27, more than halfway through the book. What’s happening in the intervening text? Mostly, character development and scene setting, and the author does them well. We learn to love strong, yet self-deprecating Rachel. We come to dislike, or at least distrust her get-rich-quick husband. And we learn a fair amount about their acquaintances and their failing business. But while the characters may be enigmatic and the events mysterious, little happens. The pace is a bit plodding. Even the dialog reinforces this ‘all in good time’ feel. For example, early in the book when Rachel’s mother announces she wants to die, Rachel’s response is “Mum, whatever is the matter?”
The pace quickens and the tension increases markedly in the second half of the book when Rachel takes matters into her own hands and decides to investigate. The pressure becomes palpable, as the characters become darker and the action grows more intense, more gruesome. After the first half, the second almost felt rushed, and I wondered if the story would end in a cliff-hanger. But Frost ties up all the loose ends, even to the point of explaining the motivations of several minor characters. As for the outcome of the final confrontation, it was somewhat predictable given the situation of the principals. Even the motivation behind the “multi-million-dollar conspiracy” is foreshadowed. But there was still plenty of action and ample opportunity for nail-biting getting to that conclusion.
Overall, Fight for Life gets high marks for character and setting development, albeit in a somewhat plodding manner. The climax, although somewhat predictable, still provides an adrenaline rush, as Rachel seemingly battles alone against powerful forces allied against her.