3 out of 4 stars
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Ex-Minneapolis Police Detective Rembrandt Stone has been troubled by the memories of his past cases, even with the beautiful life he has made for himself. When his dead mentor leaves Rembrandt a box full of his cold case files and an old watch, the concept of time takes a huge turn. Will Rembrandt be able to utilize his chance at redemption without losing everything he holds dear?
Cast the First Stone by David James Warren is the first book in a fascinating and exciting time-travel series, The True Lies of Rembrandt Stone. David James Warren is the combined name of the authors, Susan May Warren, James L. Rubart, and David C. Warren. The book started with a haunting narration that immediately grasped my attention. The writers used Rembrandt's and his wife, Eve’s perspectives throughout the book. As I continued through the chapters, the story became very mysterious and intense. This book was able to keep me interested with its vivid portrayal of not only crime investigations but also character emotions.
I liked a lot of things in this book. The writing of Rembrandt’s character, his nightmares, his determination, and his loyalty was brilliant. The incorporation of romance in this mystery novel with Rembrandt and Eve was a great touch. Eve was a fearless CSI officer who loved Rembrandt and his flaws fiercely. Other characters such as Rembrandt’s partner Burke and Eve’s brother Asher played significant roles in this book with their different strengths. I enjoyed reading about the forensic dissections of crime scenes and website hacking for gaining perpetrator information. The authors also nailed in creating anticipation before the climax of the story.
However, the book contained grammatical errors that were very easy to identify and hampered my reading. With the imageries and the show-not-tell method that the writers used in this book, I was a little startled to find those grammar errors. If they can make this book go through another round of proofreading and editing, it will be a perfect read.
Therefore, I would rate Cast the First Stone by David James Warren with 3 out of 4 stars. It saddens me to deduct a star due to the grammar errors because otherwise, this story was marvelously delightful. The book contains violence, mild sexual content, and mention of rape. Therefore, it would not be a suitable read for younger audiences. Apart from that, it was a short and satisfying read. As mentioned earlier, this is the first book of a series, and so it ends on a cliffhanger. The ending really made me want to discover what happens next. I would recommend this book to readers who love reading romantic suspense, time-traveling mysteries, and action stories.
Cast the First Stone
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