Sag Harbor – Colson Whitehead, 329 pages, Anchor Books
Rating: 4,5 stars
Recommended to: Lovers of coming-of-age stories, summer read…
Particularity: Coming-of-age story by a black man
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The Unkind Hours is the latest exciting thriller from Dwayne Alexander Smith, the author of terribly underrated Forty Acres. (You need to read Forty Acres if you haven’t already!) We meet an ex-baseball player Steven who’s married to Nichole. They are happily married and have a little girl named Luna who is four years old. She’s the apple of her father’s eye. Steven and Nichole work together in their successful home decorating business. It seems as if they have the ideal life, as if nothing can touch them, until something tragic happens that will alter their lives and make Steven do the unthinkable. Smith explores the difficulty of doing the right thing by placing Steve in a moral predicament the reader is not likely to forget. Is there real justice out there or should we take matters into our own hands.
Everything about this books screams excellent thriller for summer. Steven is the main character and is written in a fairly realistic manner. The story turns mostly around two characters so all the other characters are secondary. However, that doesn’t make the story boring. The strong dynamic between these two characters is what makes The Unkind Hours so suspenseful. The pacing of the book is fast-moving enough with its short chapters and twists and turns. The plot is interesting and Smith throws in enough surprises to keep the reader not only occupied with the story, but keeping us guessing on what’s to come. Smith has even added a little surprise touch towards the end of the book that made me grin from ear-to-ear. Can’t tell you what it is because that wouldn’t be fair to you. You’ll get it as soon as you read it.
Sadly this book ends on a bit of a cliffhanger because I was expecting the story to be tied up at the end. This being said the villain in this novel is going to be an excellent character for Smith to play around with in future novels. We’ll have to stay tuned to see when and if a part 2 comes out of The Unkind Hours.
The Unkind Hours, 340 pages, Damn Good Books
Rating: 4 stars
Recommended to: lovers of thrillers, readers who enjoyed Forty Acres, summer beach read!
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