...And Never Coming Back by Robert Evans Wilson Jr. was definitely an unusual title for me, beginning with the suspension marks. It seemed like the author would introduce readers to a lot of mystery and empty spaces for them to fill in. I wasn't wrong because this is one of the most engaging books in the mystery genre I have ever read. It kept my eyes riveted on its pages, utterly captivated by the depth of character development. Frank Stacy is an enigmatic character who follows a very unusual path. To ordinary men, even those closest to him, Frank is just an accomplished person. But there is a darkness in him that no one would come close to noticing, well-veiled by his skills. Could his success in the motion picture business be because of his commitment, exceptional skills and keen attention to detail when it comes to training his actors? It's not until an accident that leads to his loss of memory that readers will start trying to understand the mystery that is Frank Stacy. For three days, he seems to have acquired the memory of someone else. Could it be a character from one of his movies? Could Frank be playing a game, feigning loss of memory, or going outright crazy? The story will take readers back into Frank's earlier work and into events that took place twenty years earlier to understand the darkness that boils within this accomplished man.
...And Never Coming Back is set in Hollywood around 1987, an absorbing psychological mystery that explores how our past affects us. It will be surprising if Robert Evans Wilson Jr. doesn't have inside knowledge about life in the movie business because he writes about it with unusual clarity and confidence, allowing readers to get a feel of the kind of life throbbing within the alleys of Hollywood. The writing is exceptionally good and readers will enjoy the psychological depth of the story. I enjoyed the way the protagonist is imagined and executed; he seems to have something of each of us, the part of us we long to forget but the part that has a very strong hold on the way we are. Great plot, compelling characters, and a clear, powerful narrative voice are elements that readers will love in this fantastic book.