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Official Review: Who Trespass Against Us by D.P. Conway

Post by Mely918 » 22 Nov 2018, 22:34

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Who Trespass Against Us" by D.P. Conway.]
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3 out of 4 stars
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Who Trespass Against Us by D.P. Conway is a fictional telling of the Las Vegas mass shooting in 2017 and what led up to it. It focuses on the story of Stephen Paddock and his violent past, as well as the troubled lives of his father and distant relatives. There is also a subplot that tells of two of the victims from the mass shooting. Conway fictionalized these victims and tells about their upbringing and eventual deaths at the hands of Stephen.

The book goes back to detail the dark past of Stephen’s ancestors. Conway quickly moves on to tell the story of Benny Paddock, Stephen’s dad. Benny is a bank robber and an outlaw and quickly sees that his son possesses a disturbed mind. As time goes on, Stephen grows up. A series of events that take place throughout his life lead him to do the unthinkable. However, the story doesn’t end with the mass shooting he committed. There is also the tale of the judgement he faces, and all of his victims are there to see it.

Conway masterfully details all the things that Stephen went through that pushed him to the point of committing such a heinous act. Even though this version of Stephen Paddock is fictional, he is still written realistically. His father is also a well-developed character in the story. Conway manages to make the reader feel for these characters. Yet, even if they come off as sympathetic at times, it doesn’t take away from the awfulness of the acts they commit. It is also sad to read about the two best friends who later become victims of the shooting. Conway tells of their happy lives growing up and the close relationships they had with each other and their families. This makes it all the more heartbreaking knowing what will inevitably end up happening to them.

The only major problem with this book is the grammatical mistakes. There were easily over ten mistakes in the entire book. One of them, on page 37, was a piece of dialogue that read, “I said let me see that eye Benny!” Even though everything else about this book was well done, the errors were distracting. It’s nothing that another round of editing can’t fix, though. Once it’s polished up, this book will be a perfect read.

I rate this book 3 out of 4 stars. The story flows very well and the characters are all amazing. There is a clear contrast between the evil that plagued the shooter’s life, and the good that surrounded the victims’ lives. I would have given this book a 4 out of 4 if not for the grammar errors. I recommend this book to anyone who likes fictional retellings of real events. This wouldn’t be the best book for those who find violent acts disturbing or triggering, however.

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Post by Espie » 23 Nov 2018, 07:48

I'm not a fan of the genre, but the title made me think the piece is about something else. It's also amazing how the author has written this so quickly enough to have it done only a year after the real events took place. Tragedies, whether in books or in real life, are still sad.

Thank you for your succinct review.
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Post by Amy+++ » 23 Nov 2018, 18:25

The book sounds good, but I feel that I couldn't read this book. Great review.

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Post by KristyKhem » 23 Nov 2018, 22:41

The plot of this book doesn't appeal to me at all, but your review was excellent.

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Post by inaramid » 25 Nov 2018, 02:44

Very intriguing, although the errors are definitely a turn-off. Thank you very much for this review!

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Post by kfwilson6 » 25 Nov 2018, 17:25

I love that you pointed out the contrast between the victims' lives and the perpetrator's.
An interesting title and cover. I wouldn't have guessed at the subject matter, but now that I know what this book is about, I would say both are appropriate and well chosen. Wonderful review.

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Post by kandscreeley » 25 Nov 2018, 17:52

I'd be very interested to see which of this is fiction and which is fact. I know many wonder why he did what he did. This book sounds like it's worth taking a look. Thanks.
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Post by Nusrat_Shabnam_ » 10 Dec 2018, 02:17

The plot sounds riveting. I think I would try it someday. You have written a beautiful review!

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Post by Ice dragon » 14 Dec 2018, 17:55

It's a very interesting concept, I've read quite a few creative takes on tragedies, yet I find it unusual to do it on something so recent.
It must make for a heartbreaking read, nice review!

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Post by Lunastella » 17 Jan 2019, 19:32

Wow, this is definitely a dark topic. I would be very interested if the account wasn't a fictional one. If the author knew Paddock in some way and really could explain why this man turned to committing a horrible crime I would really love to read about it.
Thank you for your honest review.

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Post by Kajori50 » 22 Jan 2019, 03:42

I like how the author alternately detailed the lives of the perpetrator and the victims. The errors are a pity.

Thank you for the great review.

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Post by kdstrack » 26 Jan 2019, 15:43

This is a very interesting story line. I would be interested in reading about Stephen's past. I am especially curious about his mother?? This one will go on my list. Thanks for your compelling review!

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