Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Book Review: 'Mink Eyes' by Max McBride

Do you sometimes read a book and can’t exactly put your figure on why you didn’t enjoy it as much as you’d hoped? That’s the feeling I got after I finished reading Mink Eyes. I think the plot line is original and it has lots of suspense but on reflection, it could be I didn’t connect enough with the main character, Peter O’Keefe as much as I should have. He’s interesting, don’t get me wrong, but there are other point of view characters in this story and things got watered down so I wasn’t in O’Keefe’s head as much as maybe I should have been for that connection to gel.
There are lots of good things I can say about the story, the setting is great and described well by the author. I also liked that placing it in the Eighties gave it a somewhat nostalgic feel to it…prior to cell phones and the Internet which made for more interesting PI work for O’Keefe.
Pacing is spot on and dialogue is natural sounding, and the underlying theme of fatherhood and friendship is a strong one.
If you like somewhat gritty PI centered stories, I’d say give this one a try and see for yourself. I’d definitely like to see what other stories the author creates using this main character.

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