Review by tjroberts082 -- The Easter Make Believers

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Review by tjroberts082 -- The Easter Make Believers

Post by tjroberts082 » 09 Feb 2019, 08:06

[Following is a volunteer review of "The Easter Make Believers" by Finn Bell.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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Why did all the gang’s leaders meet at a small, suburban house, far from their normal criminal activities? Why do bad things keep happening to good people? And how much does our past influence the quality of our decisions now? The Easter Make Believers explores all of these in a gripping tale set in the south of New Zealand. Finn Bell presents a story following two police officers in the local gang unit after a hostage situation goes terribly wrong. Tobe and Nick follow each small lead, and each one seems to lead them nowhere. Trying to catch up with the one gangster that escaped the scene of the crime with a hostage, they are racing against time to stop another death.

The books leads the reader through the personal and professional lives of Tobe and Nick, reaching back to help explain what parts of their past influenced them in each decision of this story. They roam their jurisdiction and follow criminals they have known for years to try and bring justice to a worn-out family. When they finally reach the end, they have to use what energy they have left to survive before they can bring justice and peace to the situation.

I think this book is a 4 out of 4 stars. It has all the best elements of a thriller, including deep explorations of how events in our lives shape who we are and the decisions we make. There are no frivolous story lines, and the reader understands that each event matters to solve the crime. The hard part is putting them all together until near the end. This keeps the reader guessing, and reading.

I thought the best part about this book was the web of stories that you know are connected, but leave you guessing about their links all the way to the end. The book is not long enough to hide inconsequential observations among the many clues, so each piece adds to the greater mystery. The least impressive part of this book was the inclusion of so much background about the snowstorm based on the impact of the event to the story. There were a few short chapters, eloquently written, focused on a snowstorm that moved from the South Pole into the domain of the book. This led me to believe the storm would have a major impact on the story, when in fact the storm has through in less than a page, leaving only a minor impact on the outcome.

This book should appeal to any fan of classic thriller novels. It is fast-paced, full of mystery, and contains multiple nuggets of thought-provoking ideas. This book will probably not appeal to people that like their stories cut-and-dried by the end. Finn Bell leaves the reader wandering about what might happen next, but in a thoughtful way. It was well edited throughout. In addition, the author warns readers that phrases or text that may seem at first errors, are likely purposeful to the story. This made it difficult to pick out errors if there were any.

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