4 out of 4 stars
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Daisy Burns (also The Flower Girl) had a child called Teri, who she abandoned while she was still young and didn’t bother to know of her well-being. She met with George Burns, and they started a new life together. Things turned gloomy when Daisy’s body was “found near the Dumpsters behind the Planned Parenthood office in North Carolina.”
Allen was a cop involved in the investigation of Daisy’s murder case. He was puzzled by the cause of death. He devoted his time and other resources to find the murderer. As a “newsman” or a journalist, Lancaster Heart was requested by Allen to feature Daisy’s murder case in the news, an idea that Allen hoped would help capture the perpetrator quickly.
The loss brought devastation to Daisy’s family and friends. The efforts to find the murderer was overwhelming and resource consuming. Daisy’s death brought anxiety, shock, and fear. Out of all the murder cases in the area, this particular one seemed to be unique and mysterious. Who murdered Daisy? And why?
The Flower Girl Murder by Keith Hirshland is a mysterious and engaging crime thriller revolving around the murder of Daisy. The plot is attention-grabbing and comprehensively developed. There are numerous characters in the story whose backstories are well-detailed. The backstories of the characters season the narrative. The only challenge with this feature is that the reader can easily lose track of the story if they are not extra keen when reading the book.
I’m not sure of how I feel about relationships and marriage, but Lancaster Heart and Brodie’s relationship earned my respect. (Brodie was Lancaster’s fiancé). I liked how Heart respected Brodie’s parents and showed unconditional love to Brodie. It made me realize that true love does exist in a world that might seem hard to find love. Additionally, executing his role as a boss at his dad’s Broadcasting Company revealed Heart’s character experience.
Teri’s role brought tension. I was anxious reading through her parts because I couldn’t predict her next move. She was raised by foster parents who took good care of her, but she turned out to be cold-hearted, dramatic, and violent. Moreover, I found her relationship with her ‘cousin’ Tanner unusual. But it added fascination to the story.
The author used the third-person perspective in his narration conversationally. He included dialogues between characters, which allows the reader to understand better the mind of the characters. I detected instances of sexual references, gruesome scenes, and obscene terms. Children and readers who find the traits offensive will not enjoy reading the book.
I did not trace grammatical errors in the material, which suggests the purity of the writing. The sub-stories blended well with the main plot. I commend the author for that. The sub-stories featured themes like journalism, legal developments, relationships, family, and rental properties. I like the author’s way of presenting thoughts because the reader can capture every detail of the events. Moreover, the lesson that I drew from the story is that death is an enemy that inflicts severe pain to the victims’ families. I have nothing against the book. I award the book a 4 out of 4 stars.
Readers looking for a gripping and mysterious crime story will find the book appealing.
The Flower Girl Murder
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