2 out of 4 stars
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In our life's journey, we come across many people, some good and some bad. Have you ever wondered what makes people good or bad? Were they born that way, or did circumstances change them? The Making of Evil tells the story of Juan Gonzalez and his journey to being evil. I suggest you get some tissue nearby before reading this book because this story will leave you emotional afterward.
Juan Gonzales always thought of himself as evil and cursed because he had sinned against God while staring at the statue of an angel. Certain circumstances led him to believe this notion as true, leading to a psychotic breakdown, with him living his life as one doomed and evil. Can a self-condemned soul find salvation? Find out in The Making of Evil.
It takes more than just words on pages to make a book endearing. A book is expected to either pass important information, educate, or entertain. Above all, an excellent book is expected to connect with a reader on an emotional level. The Making of Evil by C. Ross Dutton met some of these criteria, and the reasons would come in the following paragraphs.
One of the most commendable attributes in the book was its unpredictability. I must say that the author had a knack for intertwining surprising and unexpected twists in a story. I was surprised by the outcomes in the book several times. A unique twist was Ralph and Juan's fates; I didn't see them coming. Honestly, I had hoped to catch the author with an intelligent guess. Thankfully, my attempts were only efforts in futility.
Not only were there surprising twists in the story, but the book was also captivating. I've read many stories with storylines revolving around Columbia crimes but none as impressive as this. From the story, we are transported to Columbia and its people around the time the story is set. We see their lives as it was, with detailed explanations of the principal activity — drug dealing. You experience from the pages how hungry and poor the residents of the Cali ghetto were from Juan's view. From how the story was told, I felt like I was there in person and followed him on his life journey.
Although I enjoyed the book's storyline, I had a couple of issues with it. One of them was the avalanche of errors in the book. They were so many that I was left wondering if the book was ever edited at all. I would recommend thorough, detailed, and professional editing for the book.
Another issue I noticed while reading was discord in some details. For instance, earlier in the read, the author noted that Juan was almost four when Maria was born. However, in another part of the book, he mentioned Maria being twelve and Juan being fourteen. This disparity in information should be dealt with whenever the author would decide to revise the book, which I'd expect to happen immediately.
Although fictional, I expected some aspects of the book to be realistic. You would understand why I had an issue with an unrealistic event mentioned in the book. This was when Juan was transporting some girls, and one of them began to menstruate. The author said that she bled all over the seat. Here's the exact sentence from a book: "One of the very first things that happened, was Maya started bleeding all over the seat of the bus." I should mention that, in a realistic setting, a menstruating woman wouldn't bleed to the extent of covering up the seat in blood; it would instead be stained a bit by blood. If this was intentional, then the exaggeration was unnecessary.
I would holistically give The Making of Evil 2 out of 4 stars. This is due to the faults I mentioned in the preceding paragraphs and the number of errors.
I would recommend this book to lovers of crime thrillers, as they would enjoy its storyline. It isn't suitable for a younger audience, as it contained many subtle sex scenes and some acts of violence.
The Making of Evil
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