Official Review: 30 Days by Ines Galiano

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Official Review: 30 Days by Ines Galiano

Post by sahmoun2778 » 04 Dec 2014, 18:15

[Following is the official OnlineBookClub.org review of "30 Days" by Ines Galiano.]
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This book blew me away! The story is told in reverse, which is something I’ve never seen before in a book, but I loved it. The format reminded me a bit of a Columbo mystery where you see the crime committed and then follow the detective as he unravels the motive.

The story is told over a period of 30 days, hence the title, and starts on Day 30. On day 30 a man jumps out the window of a mental hospital. Each chapter then takes you through the events of each day leading up to the jump. The reader can see that the man is having hallucinations which involve his stepdaughter Marina. She comes to “visit” him and reads to him from a book that he gave her when she was a child. Gradually we learn that Marina has been killed in a car accident involving the car that the man had given her, his last gift to her. Through the man’s internal dialogue we learn that he is tortured by the knowledge that he spent the last 10 years giving gifts to Marina and her mother Ella but not giving of himself. He was obsessed with making money so that he could buy them the gifts. As he looks back, he sees how his wife and daughter have gone from being two people with a passion for their business to two people with no passion and a desire only for things. He has also been hiding the truth about his job and finances from Ella and Marina. Finally, it becomes apparent that he was involved in an embezzling scheme which led to the bankruptcy of the company he worked for and the loss of thousands of dollars of investor money.

This is the story of one man’s downfall and how that downfall came about. When you get to Day 1 you finally see the pivotal choice that the man made that set into motion all of the proceeding events. The book also demonstrates the destructive power of greed. The man made choices that were motivated by his desire for more money and not the desire to build relationships with his loved ones. The author stresses the deterioration of his relationships more than anything else throughout the narrative.

I found this book to be very enjoyable and hard to put down even though the subject matter was not happy. The writing style just draws you in and the unique format kept me wanting to read the next page. The exploration of 30 days out of a man’s life was truly inspired. This work was also beautifully translated from the original in Spanish. I understand that this author has other books in Spanish and I hope that they will also be translated because I would love to read more of her work.

I’m giving this book 4 out of 4 stars. It was a great read and I highly recommend it.

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Post by Kappy » 11 Feb 2015, 10:30

Excellent review. This plot is reminiscent of the film "Memento," which I loved. I would read this book if it was available from my public library.
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Post by sahmoun2778 » 11 Feb 2015, 15:56

Thanks Kappy. I hope your library gets it soon.

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Post by LivreAmour217 » 22 Mar 2015, 15:44

This sounds like a great book, thanks for the review! I like the idea of a story told in reverse, and your comparison to Columbo has made me very interested in reading this book (I used to love that show!)
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Post by Jesska6029 » 23 Mar 2015, 21:43

I'm putting this one on my list! Great Review!
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Post by Alanna1837 » 26 Mar 2015, 11:12

This book sounds great! Can't wait to read. Will put on my list to read. The format of the book sounds unique to read.
Thanks for the review

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Post by bookowlie » 03 Apr 2015, 09:21

Great review! You had me at Columbo. In fact, I should check if the old Columbo series is on Netflix.
The plot of the book sounds interesting. Sigh....adding another book to my long reading list. :)
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Post by sahmoun2778 » 03 Apr 2015, 09:24

The old Columbo's are on Netflix. My husband watches them all the time.

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Post by bookowlie » 03 Apr 2015, 17:10

Thanks for the info!
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Post by gatorgirl_823 » 08 Apr 2015, 10:51

Great review! Sounds very interesting with how the story starts at the end and goes back to the beginning. I'll have to check it out soon!

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Post by Cee-Jay Aurinko » 01 May 2015, 03:37

This book sounds absolutely awesome. I almost want to read it right now, thanks to your superb review. A novel told backwards, would be a first for me.
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Post by crime_readingchick23 » 12 Aug 2015, 15:37

i must agree with all the other reviews. this was an excellent read and kept me on my toes on every page.
i suggest this book to all of my friends.

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Post by gali » 13 Aug 2015, 00:47

It sounds intriguing. Nice review!
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