09 May, 2018

The Face on the Other Side by John Carenen - [Book Review]

The Face on the Other Side (Thomas O'Shea Mysteries)
by John Carenen

About the Book

The Face on the Other Side (Thomas O'Shea Mysteries)
3rd in Series
FPS (February 10, 2018)
Paperback: 340 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1945338946

He’d promised Sheriff Payne that he wouldn’t take any more matters into his own hands. So, when on a leisurely morning drive, SEAL-trained Thomas O’Shea sees two girls attacking a boy on a sidewalk, he opts not to intervene. When the boy is later murdered in the local hospital, though, all promises are off. What seems at the start to be a simple case of gang activity turns out to be far more. Even O’Shea, who has seen more than his share of evil, could not have guessed what is about to transpire…

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My Review

Thomas O'shea , the main character is a good human being. When something bad happens before his eyes, he cannot stop himself from interfering. Even though he promises his friend and sheriff Payne that he won't get involved in unnecessary matters, he accidentally watches 2 girls beating a guy called Pete on the sidewalk. He follows up through the case with Police and finds that there is more to the beating and then murder. A simple case which looked like bullying turns out to be a gang's plan. On the sidelines, the author also touches upon the personal life of Thomas about his ex-wife Karen and his relationship with his girlfriend Olivia who is a school teacher.

What I liked about this story are characterization and the narration.  There are not many twists and this is not an on the edge thriller but is a riveting tale with good characterization and a little mystery. Olivia is a practical person, whereas Thomas is smart and sensitive. The ending, of course, is unexpected and nice. I loved the suspense and guessing on the culprit till the end.

My Rating: 4/5

PS: I have received this book from the author through Great Escape tours for review and this is my honest opinion on the book.

About the Author

John Carenen, a native of Clinton, Iowa, graduated with an M.F.A. in Fiction Writing from the prestigious University of Iowa Writers Workshop and has been writing ever since. His work has appeared numerous times in Reader’s Digest (including a First Person Award), McCall’s, Dynamic Years, and other periodicals. He has been a featured columnist in newspapers in Morganton, North Carolina and Clinton, South Carolina. His fiction has appeared in regional literary magazines. A novel, Son-up, Son-down, was published by the National Institute of Mental Health. He is happily married to (long-suffering) Elisabeth, and they have two grown daughters, Caitlin and Rowe. When he isn’t writing, he thinks about getting in shape, cheers for the Iowa Hawkeyes and Boston Red Sox, and takes frequent naps. He has traveled extensively, having visited 43 states and 23 countries. He is a USAF veteran, having served in the Philippines and Massachusetts. A retired an English professor at Newberry College in Newberry, South Carolina, he is hard at work on another novel.
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