4 out of 4 stars
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Happiness seems to evade Tim Adams in every way possible. Bullied at work, then coming home to experience hateful glares from an indifferent wife, he gets joy only from his two children. Timid-looking, no one would expect him to have sinister thoughts about his wife. Tim looked at the things around him as boxes: his marriage, his office, society and the world in general. With counterfeit credit cards, passports and IDs, he plans to do a disappearing act. Boxes - The Trappings of Society and Relationships by Thomas DeSanto presents a man’s attempt to escape the suffocating box he is in and get a new life. Will he succeed? Or will he realize it is not as easy as he thinks it is?
Boxes - The Trappings of Society and Relationships by Thomas DeSanto is the work of a creative author. I like the author’s use of symbolism. He presented boxes that a person may be forced to be in to follow society’s norms, hide from the outside world, or feel safe. I was amused at how boxes were emphasized and utilized in the novel; every appearance in the novel flowed naturally, whether these boxes appeared physically or metaphorically. The different types of boxes carried secrets that were revealed as the story progressed. You have to read the novel to know each secret.
DeSanto’s narrative was able to make me visualize the scenes as if I was with the characters. I could even hear the crackling of Tim’s cervical vertebrae as he rolled his head across his shoulders. I could feel the tension of each of the individuals in the story as feelings rose to the surface. The book presented every possible negative feeling a person may feel, like anger, resentment, disgust and disillusionment; I cringed at the insults the characters hurled at each other. All the characters, save one, emit negativity. Kendrick Masterman, Tim’s office mate, was the typical bully. Tim’s wife, Angelica Dante was a spoiled, selfish woman. Even Eva, the woman Tim met through an online advertisement, had her negativity around her. Bella, Angelica’s cousin, was the exact opposite of them; she was vulnerable and naïve.
Tim’s cunning personality grew in proportions as the story progressed. His attempt at changing his and his daughter’s appearances was one of the exciting parts of the novel. I was at the edge of my seat, holding my breath as I read on.
The book presented people battling with their predicaments and inner turmoils. It dealt with the different roles each character played. It presented varied relationships in society and the challenges they caused; the book showed how these challenges influenced their behavior and actions. I understood where they were coming from, regardless of whether I agree with their actions or would do the same if faced with similar circumstances.
DeSanto built up the suspense in exciting levels with all the twists and turns, and he brought me with him at each level. The author’s wicked sense of humor was at play here, too. I grinned, chuckled and laughed.
I observed just one grammatical error: missing quotation marks in a dialogue on page 172.
The book was engaging from the get-go. Apparently, the author used a proofreading tool and this resulted in a smooth reading experience. Boxes - The Trappings of Society and Relationships by Thomas DeSanto deserves the highest rating. Thus, I give it 4 out of 4 stars.
If you like a fast-paced suspense novel, this one is spot on. This novel is not for young readers because of the depiction of extramarital relationships, some profanities and a few racial slurs.
Boxes - The Trappings of Society and Relationships
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