4 out of 4 stars
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The Mariner’s Grandson by Milan Gupta is a novel that contains a mix of mystery and romance. Duncan Craig recently turned fifty years old. Instead of enjoying this happy moment, he discovers that he has pancreatic cancer. Duncan lives a lonely life. He has been divorced for six years, and he had lost his son at the age of two months. His dating life is also non-existent.
What happens when he grabs the attention of two women? Both want to be with him. One is a beautiful waitress, and the other is a colleague. Who will he choose? If this wasn’t enough, he recently found out that a man claiming to be his son had visited his father at the nursing home. Who is this son? Is Duncan’s family keeping secrets from him? And will he find out the truth?
What I liked about the book was that it’s told in the first person. This is great because I got to understand Duncan’s thoughts and feelings. This also meant that I was able to experience the situations along with him. The story is also told in the third-person perspective. This enables us to understand the other characters’ lives. The thing I enjoyed the most was the mystery aspect of the book. It kept me hooked into the story, and I found myself unable to put the book down. I like that there was a mix of romance and mystery because it kept the book interesting. I enjoyed seeing the development of Duncan’s character. He discovered the meaning of friendship, and he realised that his friends were his family.
My favourite character was Molly Hanlon. She’s pretty and confident. I love how she never gave up on Duncan and instead; she was determined to be by his side whilst he goes through cancer.
The only thing that I didn’t like about the book was that the size of the text was really small. As a result, my eyes were straining. Other than this, the book was amazing. The chapters are really short, so I was able to get through them quickly. Also, at only 213 pages, it can be read in one sitting. The story is fast-paced, so you won’t get bored.
Overall, I would rate this book 4 out of 4 stars because the book was executed well, and I thoroughly enjoyed the story. I only found two mistakes, so it is professionally edited. I highly recommend this book to young adults who enjoy reading mysteries with a mix of romance.
The Mariner's Grandson
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