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Charlotte came home after school to find her mother's throat slit and a strange emblem drawn in blood beside her. Left only with cryptic warnings from her father and memories of the family she once had, she embarked on a quest to find her father and get some answers. As she searched, she made discoveries that would challenge everything she had known.
With the whole world telling her that her father was dead and enemies around every corner, who could she trust? Would she get the answers she sought?
Murder in Concrete by Arthur Coburn was a book with a lot of depth. I admired how the author created layered scenes and characters, giving the reader the feeling that there was more beneath the surface. Reading about Charlotte's journey and her struggles made me emotional. She was a scared girl who had endured the shock of her mother's death and her father's disappearance. She was also a brave woman who would stop at nothing to get what she wanted. The way she deftly navigated challenges and braved everything thrown at her while searching for her father made her character compelling.
The author skillfully used suspense in this book. I loved how the uncertainty built up; one could hardly guess what would happen next. I was searching for answers with the main character, looking around every corner, analyzing each character in the book, and wondering whether they could be the one Charlotte had been looking for.
The pacing of this book seemed haphazard to me. I couldn't understand the book's flow until I was halfway in. I'd attribute this to the hurried way things were revealed in the book. It felt like a truck ride on a bumpy road. The book could have been easier to follow if the opening scenes were easier to understand. Also, the transitions between scenes seemed choppy, as though one scene didn't follow the other. I had to study the book like a textbook to understand how we got from one point to another. It negatively affected my reading experience.
The editing is professional. However, I rate the book 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it to people who love crime stories, thrillers, and suspenseful novels. One star is removed due to how long it takes to grasp the narrative.
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