3 out of 4 stars
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“That Lonely time when the world outside is struggling to find its way back to some kind of normal.”
Lawrence Rosewood’s life gets turned upside down when his business partner and long-term friend, Theodore Villeneuve, takes his own life under mysterious circumstances. Theodore’s sudden death opens a whole new can of worms for everyone close to him, including his wife and child. With the investigation of Ted’s suspicious death underway, Lawrence finds himself battling to keep his company from being taken over by a group of criminals disguised as businessmen. Will Lawrence be able to save his business? Also, why are the men after Lawrence’s company?
One Last Move by Wes Snowden is a modern-day psychological thriller set in the backdrop of Bridgeport, Connecticut. The narrative has elements of suspense, crime, office drama, and hints of romance, all of which are bound to captivate readers.
My favorite part of the book was the first part of chapter one for its introspectiveness and gems of wisdom and truth. The initial suspense surrounding Theodore’s death was gripping and kept me turning pages. The main character was an interesting, multidimensional character to follow, even though I didn’t always agree with his line of thought and judgments. The most endearing character to me was LOM for his grace, intellect, and sense of humor towards the hand that life dealt him. The romance aspect of the story was interesting, though complex. However, I really detested Lawrence’s entitlement to the two love interests he had.
The narrative would have been a fast-paced read all through if it wasn’t for all the detailed company politics. Though company politics and related occurrences were part of the main story, the number of technical details pertaining to the company bogged the story down despite it being integral to the plot. Another issue I had was that there were too many side characters mentioned by name, and it was difficult to keep up with all of them at times. In addition, there were instances where I felt the author missed the chance to elicit emotions from the readers by telling the story rather than showing. For example, I expected more of an emotional reaction and shock to the news Angie broke to Tod after picking him up from boarding school. Although the book appeared to be professionally edited, there were a few errors that lingered, such as misspelled words and missing words.
Overall, this was an enjoyable read, one that I would recommend to fans of crime novels. Considering all aspects of the book, I rate it 3 out of 4 stars. The novel would be best suited for a mature audience, as there is the use of strong language and violence.
One Last Move
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