About the Book:
Roy and Susie are on a skiing holiday, trying to take a break from the constant reminders of their daughter, tragically killed by a careless driver. Out of the blue they meet Deb and Tom, another couple with a tragic past and a shocking proposal to put things right.
As the bodies accumulate, secrets are revealed and alliances crumble. Ultimate survival depends on following the rules for a perfect murder. And the first rule is… leave no singing bones.
I found this to be an engaging novel but in a methodical way, not in the normal suspense driven way. The plot is one of psychological drama and character revelation that was fascinating. To think that one could plan and execute the perfect, evidence free murder. And then to wonder if there was just one mistake, one detail that might set the police on an unrelenting investigation.
I like how Franko developed the characters, such an essential aspect of this novel. Hidden relationships are revealed as associated facts become known. Underlying layers of motives and related actions are revealed bit by bit. It is definitely an engaging way to develop a murder mystery. I like the narrator point of view, causing me to wonder who this person was, knowing all the facts and personalities involved. And when the narrator is revealed at the end, we are perfectly set up for a sequel.
I was unhappy with a rather graphic sex scene that was unrelated to the plot and certainly did not add to it. There was also quite a bit of vulgar language that, while appropriate for the character, was not something I appreciated.
This is a good novel for readers who enjoy one of psychological suspense. I am looking forward to reading the sequel.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
About the Author:
J.K. FRANKO was born and raised in Texas. His Cuban-American parents agreed there were only three acceptable options for a male child: doctor, lawyer, and architect. After a disastrous first year of college pre-Med, he ended up getting a BA in philosophy (not acceptable), then he went to law school (salvaging the family name) and spent many years climbing the big law firm ladder. After ten years, he decided that law and family life weren’t compatible. He went back to school where he got an MBA and pursued a Ph.D. He left law for corporate America, with long stints in Europe and Asia.
His passion was always to be a writer. After publishing a number of non-fiction works, thousands of hours writing, and seven or eight abandoned fictional works over the course of eighteen years, EYE FOR EYE became his first published novel.
J.K. Franko now lives with his wife and children in Florida.
Talion Publishing, 432 pages.
I received a complimentary digital copy of this book through Partners in Crime Virtual Book Tours. My comments are an independent and honest review. The rest of the copy of this post was provided by Partners In Crime Virtual Book Tours.
(My star ratings: 5-I love it, 4-I like it, 3-It's OK, 2-I don't like it, 1-I hate it.)