4 out of 4 stars
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Paul Peres was just a doctor in a hospital in New York until Raj, his only friend in the hospital, was killed in a hit-and-run accident. Raj's wife seems sure that it wasn't an accident, but Paul was skeptical that anyone would want his friend dead.
FBI agent, Karen Andersen, shocks Paul with a theory indicating that Raj's death wasn't an accident. When Paul and Karen find Raj's wife also murdered in her apartment, Paul starts to believe her theory. But who could have wanted his friends dead? Karen has a suspect in mind and invites Paul to join her to Spain and Andorra to unravel the killer's identity. However, they must survive the contract on their heads too in their quest to bring the killer to justice.
Waking Dead by Jay Glendell will take your imagination on a fascinating ride. The tale took me on an exciting adventure with the protagonists. From the beauty of Barcelona to the unforgiving terrains in Andorra, the author's narrations made me feel like a tourist. I enjoyed the author's excellent descriptions the most in this book. I could feel and see the things she described. What impressed me was that the events and surroundings so described were all necessary and easy to comprehend. I love that!
Another commendable aspect of this book is the characterization. The book contains just the right number of characters, and the main ones were well developed. Also, it was easy for me to relate to the characters because of how lifelike they were. They had vulnerabilities as people do. For example, Paul was battling with the moral qualm of traveling to seek justice for his slain friends and staying back to face his wife's divorce plans. More so, the dialogues between the characters didn't disappoint me. I enjoyed how believable and free-flowing they were.
Furthermore, I enjoyed the author's subtle fusion of romance in the story. It provided me with moments of respite from some of the anxious moments in the book. I also appreciate this novel's satisfying climax. My inability to predict the twist at the end left a sweet hangover in my mind after reading the book.
To conclude, there was no aspect of this 184-page crime story that I disliked. I even fell in love with Karen's character due to how emotionally strong and smart she is, and I believe readers who enjoy books with strong female characters will love her. I must commend the author for achieving intrigue and suspense in his narrations while still keeping the book relatively concise. Considering all the points going for Waking Dead, I am awarding it 4 out of 4 stars. The book is professionally edited but contains some errors. I recommend this novel to lovers of crime fiction stories, especially those who appreciate unexpected twists at the end of a book.
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