Thursday, September 5, 2019

Review: The Best of Crimes by KC Maher

The Best of Crimes
by KC Maher

Publisher: RedDoor Publishing
Pages: 320
Format: book
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  One afternoon in a leafy New York City suburb, Walter Mitchell walks into the local police station and turns himself in for kidnapping thirteen-year-old Amanda Jonette, his daughter’s best friend. The police chief tells him to go home – no one wants to prosecute. But Walter refuses, and is finally arrested and charged.

This is a novel about a man who is faced with temptation but does not succumb; the extraordinary relationship that develops between he and his beloved, and the bond between these two bright, lost individuals as the painful inevitability of the end draws near.

Kritters Thoughts:  I was hooked from the synopsis when I received the pitch for this book, but the book didn't live up to the synopsis one bit and instead went down a really weird and awkward path that I just couldn't enjoy.  I don't love to read and review books that I don't enjoy, so I will keep this one short and simple.  

Walter Mitchell is your average guy in an average marriage with a semi average daughter.  When his daughter becomes close to another girl her age - Amanda Jonette he also becomes weirdly close.  Many times throughout the book, I had to remind myself how young Amanda was and how weird Walter's actions and thoughts were towards this girl.  I often didn't feel as though their interactions were true or honest and I think this is what bothered me the most.  It all just felt icky and weird and not entertaining like I like my fiction.

This is one of those rare times where I don't know if I would read this author again, I would have to both be convinced by the synopsis and maybe even read reviews before I read the book.  

Rating: not such a good idea

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Smith Publicity.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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