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Wrecker Paperback – February 20, 2011
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Top Customer Reviews
Steve Havelock thinks it's his lucky day when he finds a handyman willing to work for bottom dollar. His wife, Jane, is none too happy though, because there's something decidedly off about Rob Manteo. But despite Jane's misgivings, Steve hires Manteo anyway. After all, a bargain is a bargain! Never mind that they have a 4-year-old daughter in the house...
And that's the setup for this fast-paced thriller, which twists, turns, and goes around the bend many times over.
Dave Conifer is at the top of his game here, with his latest effort ranking right alongside the best of Joseph Finder, Harlan Coben, and indie standout Eric Christopherson. Featuring rich, detailed, layered characters that will keep you guessing and a plot that never hits the pause button, "Wrecker" kept me hooked all the way through. It almost "wrecked" my sleep schedule because I didn't want to put it down and go to bed. A highly absorbing read.
I really liked the character of Jane. I found her believable and interesting, and the most developed character in the book. I found Steve a little more cliche. His reactions seemed more over-the-top than the story called for, and he was almost a caricature of a busy, disinterested husband. Rob's character had a lot of potential, but he confused me at times. I realize he may not have been "all there" mentally, but I never quite got the whole "I'm doing it for her" train of thought. It seemed such a big part of his motivation, but I felt that particular thread didn't have a lot of closure. From the emphasis on that, I thought it might have played a bigger role down the line. The relationship between Jane and Rob was fascinating, and it was fun to follow the path it took throughout the story.
The writing was stylistically very simple, which made for a fast read. The story was engaging and interesting, with several twists and turns along the way. I found sections of dialogue to be somewhat unrealistic and trite at times, however. Some of the information presented through dialogue may have been better shown through actions, or by taking a step inside the characters' heads. Although the plot itself has a lot of depth, I felt the writing lacked some of that depth.Read more ›
Overall, I thought it was a great and original story. I highly recommend this book!
Steve hires Rob Manteo to do some work on their home - a strange hulk of a man who seems to be either mentally challenged, physically ill or both. Manteo does an excellent job and Steve hires him for one project after another.
Steve has escalating problems at work and Jane is getting messages from a stranger that show Steve may not really be working all the time. As her suspicions grow and Steve pulls further away, she and Manteo develop a friendship which reveals the tragedy that has made Manteo what he is today.
The results are completely unexpected and I was surprised over and over again with the twists the story took. I highly recommend this to anyone that enjoys a suspense book that challenges your mind.
I received a copy of this book free from the author. He asked me to submit an honest review and this is it. After reading this book I have already purchased another by this author.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I read this book very quickly; not a "can't put it down" kind of read, but a "got to peep at the plot several times a day" read, if you know what I mean. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jodyellen57
Quite engaging story, page turner. However the plot is nothing new, very common scheme, and I was expecting something different at the end. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Larisa Mukhomorova
I am not normally a mystery or who-done-it reader, it is not a genre that I tend to read, but hey, it was free. And that's what I got with this one, nothing for nothing. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Seekermoon
Not really my kind of tale but the author did a good job of writing.Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
Well written beautiful pacing and characterization. This book will keep your attention. A great read. Like many readers I'll add Dave Conifer to my list.Published 15 months ago by Dr. Carol Dallred
I liked Wrecker - the characters were complex and sometimes hard to figure out which made them interesting. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Ann Hesson