Spilt Wine Paperback – August 8, 2017
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The story and the timeline follow events from my own experiences, sometimes slightly juggled to fit the crafting of the novel.
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- Item Weight : 12.8 ounces
- Paperback : 268 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0994093667
- ISBN-13 : 978-0994093660
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.56 x 9 inches
- Publisher : Dark Ink Press, Canada (August 8, 2017)
- Language: : English
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Thus, I found myself reading a book well outside of the genres I normally choose. Author Michael D. Walsh demonstrates his writing talent as much of the book centers on conversations, most of them focusing on wine, boats, dinner, money, and history. Every once in a while, there are a few pages that talk about a major theft and possible murders linked to that theft. This negates the importance of what are supposed to be main plot elements, and viewed as a thriller the story dragged.
This is unfortunate, because the author shows off his skills with pages and pages of dialogue that successfully tell a different type of story. The entire book reminded me of what I would consider to be an art movie. While I personally do not find this type of movie entertaining, there are many people who do, and many of these movies win awards. I feel “Spilt Wine” is an art movie in written form, though the decision to marry it with the thriller genre didn’t work for me. There were definitely too many conversations, and not enough thrill.
There is a romance in the story, hidden within the conversations and peeking through every now and then. The few revelations shared between David and Catherine weren’t enough to build a relationship on, and I was puzzled why Catherine would entertain leaving her husband of four years when there were no strong reasons to do so.
Readers looking for a book with an art movie feel will probably enjoy this tale. Mr. Walsh shares his knowledge of wine and boats, along with his opinions of money and history, educating so gently that you don’t even realize it’s happening. A few changes to the plot (including removing the thriller aspect) and I would have awarded a higher rating than three-and-a-half stars.