3 out of 4 stars
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The String Effect by Alfred K. Watson is a suspenseful romance story “about how love can turn into infatuation.” This modern-day romance tale features a man named Alvin as the main character. Alvin is an attractive IT Manager at a law firm and was raised in a church environment. Despite being raised with appropriate life values, Alvin makes his fair share of mistakes in the pages that follow his introduction. Due to his attractive appearance, Alvin has no trouble appealing to beautiful women, and the reader quickly learns that the women he surrounds himself with are no good for him.
When Alvin meets Keisha, he immediately feels love at first sight. Although she seems perfect for him, their trust is soon broken beyond repair. Despite the feelings Alvin shared with Keisha, he later meets Monica. Monica seems to be the woman who has her life together, and ultimately, the perfect match for Alvin. When a bad case of miscommunication interrupts their perfect romance, Alvin is lost without Monica. In attempt to raise his spirits, Alvin’s co-workers take him to a strip club, which is where he meets April, the damaged stripper who quickly establishes feelings for him. With the added fuel of too much alcohol, Alvin and April end up back at his home with a new round of mistakes.
When Alvin finds himself still tangled up between three beautiful women, lies begin to coil to the point of no return. Alvin begins to doubt his decision making abilities regarding which woman is best for him and the infatuation causes some errors that cannot be undone. Will Alvin be able to make the right decision, or will he end up hurting everyone involved?
At roughly 150 pages, The String Effect was a light and easy read, despite the romantic drama that ensued. I was able to finish the story in one sitting, and with only a few complaints. Although I enjoyed the story itself, the editing could use some work. There were a few instances where the wrong “your/you’re” was used as well as miniscule amount of verb tense errors. I am pleased to say that I was easily able to put the errors aside and continue to enjoy the story.
Each character within the story was well-developed to the point of feeling like their conversations were genuine, and I was quickly able to put a face with each of them. The themes involved within the book included love and relationships, trust, infatuation and self-recognition. Due to some mature sexual content in the story, a reader discretion warning is needed. I am pleased to say that I rate The String Effect 3 out of 4 stars. I enjoyed the plot and the characters in the book, and my only complaints were that of editing flaws.
The String Effect
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