Review by fernsmom -- The Easter Make Believers

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Review by fernsmom -- The Easter Make Believers

Post by fernsmom » 20 Dec 2018, 00:11

[Following is a volunteer review of "The Easter Make Believers" by Finn Bell.]
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Readers that despise cliffhangers and enjoy the mystery genre, detective stories, and surprise endings will appreciate Fin Bell’s The Easter Make Believer. However, this book omits any romance and might be a little disappointing to fans of the genre.

This detective story’s main characters are Nick Cooper and his partner Tobe White. They work for Gang Intelligence (GIC) and they receive a call with a hostage situation. The police are told by neighbors that all four members of the Chen family are in the house and that a masked man was seen in the hallway. The criminals refuse to talk to the negotiator and shots are fired continuously at the police. Suddenly, a shot is heard inside the house and before the police can get inside there are two explosions. When the police storm inside the house they shoot all the criminals and find that the mother was injured by the shot they heard. The kids appear to be fine, but the father is missing. It is surmised that the father is kidnapped and the race is on to bring back the father alive.

One of the reasons I enjoyed reading The Easter Make Believers so much was the great character development of Officers Nick and Tobe. I was captivated by their enticing and unique personalities. Other minor characters, including Officer Maud, stood out to me on account of their originality. Maud seemed like a mix of an FBI profiler, Sherlock Holmes, and a computer hacker. I wish that Maud would have been a more prominent character in the story because he was one of my favorites.

There is much to rave about in this book including the non-stop action, fascinating characters, suspense, unexpected twists, and a surprise ending that left me stunned. Although the surprise ending was what I liked most about the book, it is also what I liked least. It wasn’t the ending that I would have chosen, but it was a fantastic twist that I never would have guessed! One thing that wasn’t my favorite was how a few chapters, that just primarily explained a storm coming in grave detail, didn’t have the intense action that the rest of the book did.

I am gladly giving The Easter Make Believers 4 out of 4 stars as there wasn’t really anything that I felt took away from the enjoyment of the read. It was professionally edited with only one error, so there was no reason to deduct a star in my rating for that either. I look forward to reading more books written by Finn Bell.

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Post by Cotwani » 27 Dec 2018, 15:10

Sounds like an enticing read. I have already fallen for Maud, Nick and Tobe! Great review!
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Post by Sushan » 27 Dec 2018, 19:42

You got me with the mentioning of genres that this book belongs to. Thanks for the detailed review 👍👍
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Post by fernsmom » 04 Jan 2019, 07:35

Cotwani wrote:
27 Dec 2018, 15:10
Sounds like an enticing read. I have already fallen for Maud, Nick and Tobe! Great review!
Thanks for your comment! Was a great detective/mystery book and wouldn't have ever guessed the ending. Hope you had great holidays

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Post by fernsmom » 04 Jan 2019, 07:39

Sushan wrote:
27 Dec 2018, 19:42
You got me with the mentioning of genres that this book belongs to. Thanks for the detailed review 👍👍
Thanks for your comment, I'll of course return the favor. If you do end up reading it if you don't mind let me know what you thought of the ending please. I was totally shocked. Hope you had great holidays!

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Post by Sushan » 04 Jan 2019, 09:54

fernsmom wrote:
04 Jan 2019, 07:39
Sushan wrote:
27 Dec 2018, 19:42
You got me with the mentioning of genres that this book belongs to. Thanks for the detailed review 👍👍
Thanks for your comment, I'll of course return the favor. If you do end up reading it if you don't mind let me know what you thought of the ending please. I was totally shocked. Hope you had great holidays!
Sure. Holiday season is not actually holiday for me. This is study leave for us :cry2: :cry2:
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Post by Vscholz » 07 Jan 2019, 18:30

I've thought about reviewing this book, but the summary on the review page didn't seem too interesting. I'm glad you clarified a lot of things in this review. Not having romance will be a nice change of pace--all that mushy stuff can get annoying after so long. :)
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Post by Shrabastee » 15 Jan 2019, 07:13

Great review as always, Linda! I love your insights! I have also read and reviewed this one, though my rating differs from yours. I guessed the second last twist, but the very last one had me real sad. It is amazing how Bell makes his readers ponder over so many unanswered questions even in a fast-paced thriller. Good character development is also one of the strong points, I agree! All in all, I enjoyed this very much. Thanks for the review!

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Post by Lunastella » 30 Apr 2019, 19:06

One of the reasons I enjoyed reading The Easter Make Believers so much was the great character development of Officers Nick and Tobe. I was captivated by their enticing and unique personalities. Other minor characters, including Officer Maud, stood out to me on account of their originality. Maud seemed like a mix of an FBI profiler, Sherlock Holmes, and a computer hacker. I wish that Maud would have been a more prominent character in the story because he was one of my favorites.
This book has everything I love. Character development is so important for me in a novel and makes it much easier for me to get involved in the story. It's unusual to see detective characters that are well fleshed out, they're usually portrayed as unidimensional heroes. Oh, and I love good plot twists!
This novel is definitely going to my to-read shelf. Thanks!

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Post by Espie » 08 May 2019, 23:46

What could be the real connection between Easter and this story? I'm intrigued. Thank you for your interesting review.
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