Monday, July 14, 2014
#Review: Fatal Impression by Reba White Williams
Coleman and Dinah Greene are making names for themselves in the art world. Coleman's magazine publishing empire is growing and Dinah's print gallery is gaining traction. In fact, Dinah has just won the contract to select, buy, and hang art in the New York office of the management consultants Davidson, Douglas, Danbury & Weeks – a major coup that will generate The Greene Gallery's first big profits. However, when Dinah goes to DDD&W to begin work, she discovers a corporate culture unlike anything she's ever encountered before. There are suggestions of improprieties everywhere, including missing art worth a fortune. And when two DDD&W staff members are discovered murdered, Dinah and Coleman find themselves swept into the heart of another mystery. Revealing the murderer will be no easy task...but first Dinah needs to clear her own name from the suspect list.
I love a good mystery so, it was with excitement to read the book Fatal Impressions.
It was interesting to me to see the author tie in a bit of art history with a mysterious storyline of murder. I felt myself feeling sorry for the main character, Dinah, as she was accused of murder which she so clearly did not do. I have met people in real life like this character and know that they would not hurt a fly.
The author showed how a business, good or bad, can be cutthroat (excuse the pun). Sometimes you have to do things you do not want to do, although murder is not one of them. In any case, Ms. Williams did a good job of weaving real life situations in to a really great book.
The author also managed to show how some people you think are for you are actually against you or vice versa. I never knew who the murderer truly was until the very end. Like any good writer Ms. Williams had me thinking it was one person and turned out to be another.
I did have a couple of issues with this book. The first of which was the on-going issues among the characters seemed to drag and bog down the murder investigation itself. I kind of got lost in the number of characters that kept popping up everywhere. I simply has a tough time keeping up with all of them.
I realize this was author's prerogative but it made for a longer story than maybe needed. Which brings me to my next point...
Sixty-seven chapters! Yikes that was a ton to read.
My final issue was it seemed too long to wrap up the book. Once the murderer had been revealed there were 4-5 more chapters of round up. I felt this could have all been put in maybe a whole chapter as an epilogue and thus the book would not have drug on.
All and all, even with the issues, I felt this was a terrific book and will get 4 stars from me.
Disclosure: I was given this book for my open and honest opinion. The views expressed here are 100% my own and may differ from yours.
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