Mermaid Cliff Paperback – June 24, 2018
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A strange town with a strange legend is the background and the core of the story. This is a murder mystery, but it is also about the town and the not so "nice" people that inhabit it -- a broad brush that fleshes out and increases the entertainment value of the story. Mark is a prime suspect in murder, and he and his friends must find the real culprits. It turns deadly.
Plot development and narrative flow move the story effectively. Characters are well drawn and believable. Overall, an entertaining offerings. (The need for editing was addressed elsewhere.) Reviewed by the author of The Children's Story, About Good and Evil.
A bit unconventional in terms of the story line too. The trial, for example is being included in details, which I find amusing but a bit distracting from the main story.
Still, I like the style and will read the author's other books.
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Told in the first person narrative form, so this would have been better if it had been in the third person form, as a lot of what could have been suspense has been left out as we have a rather mundane voice telling us what is happening. This book starts off more or less with a screech, but at no time is this ever explained, and although we are told the town was formed in 1917, later on it is supposed to have been there since the 16th Century, and those who know a bit about American history will know that that isn’t possible anyway, due to the fact that the first Europeans to be on the land in this area did not come until the 18th Century. The narrator even has his bicycle stolen at one time, and then later we read that it has suddenly mysteriously reappeared in the garage of his house, with no explanation of this miracle.
With a girl dying after falling off a cliff so we see that this has been deemed a murder due to a couple of facts, one that she had obviously had sex, and that her blouse is torn. We then have an FBI agent apparently on the scene to investigate, although we know that wouldn’t really happen, but later we are told more about this, which then just becomes rather trite and a bit silly. Although there is a germ of what could have been a really good story here, unfortunately this one that has been given to us never reaches anywhere near its potential.
Starting off okay then to a certain degree, with just a few niggles, this by the end does become a bit farcical and I will not be reading anymore of the books in this series. I was left really disappointed with this book, and it is obvious that the story had never really been thought out before it was executed.