4 out of 4 stars
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The thought of parenting still scares me. I am not sure if I have all the skills required, but I would definitely wish that my children get the best out of life. This is the vision that Luther had for his cousin. Guardian of Deceit by William H. Coles takes us through Darwin's upbringing after the tragic loss of his parents and the subsequent illness of his aunt. When Darwin arrives at Luther's mansion, he is deprived of all his allowances. Luther makes it clear that he, Darwin, has to earn every coin that goes into his pocket.
Darwin throws himself into life full of optimism. He realizes that he also has to excel in his academics because a sterling performance would guarantee him admission into a medical school. His association with Luther introduces him to citizens of the upper social class in his neighbourhood. He also has to indulge in Luther's heinous activities, that gets him to rub shoulders with security officers as well. Coles develops Darwin's character into adulthood, marriage and his career path too.
One of Coles' impeccable writing skills involves capturing the reader's attention all through his work. Therefore, this would involve some plot deviations that ensured other characters feature in the protagonist's story as well. As I read along, he introduced me to some people that interacted with Darwin. He also gave them room to lead their own independent lives, free from direct connection with the protagonist. This gave the book a holistic sense and introduced a sense of realism into the book.
What I liked most about this book is its steady plot development. I believe this is what actually kept me glued to the book from the first page to the last page. Coles ensured that every character had a role to play in advancing the plot and none of them appeared irrelevant. I had the most out of them and connected with them and their roles in the story. I, therefore, could get a clear picture of their relevance in the book and visualize how their absence would affect the story.
I would be unfair to give this book less than a maximum rating of four out of four stars. There is nothing that I did not like in this novel. It is worth mentioning that the relevance of the title lay in the connotative interpretation of this book. I did not find a single grammatical error as it is professionally edited. Readers who enjoy tales of romance are the best target audience for this book. I also recommend it to young adults, who will not be negatively affected by graphic descriptions of murder or violent scenes.
Guardian of Deceit
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