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Heartless by T Patrick Phelps


Heartless by T Patrick Phelps is a suspenseful thriller that focuses on Derek Cole, a self-named freelance detective and the family he is hired to protect from their son that died at birth.

I enjoy a good thriller, and the premise of this one was promising.  However, the explanation given during for Alexander’s condition wasn’t as satisfying as I had hoped.  The story follows Derek throughout his investigation, although it is told from multiple characters’ perspectives.  Although the multiple perspectives were handled fairly well, there were quite a few times the author jumped from head to head without warning or transition, and it jerked me out of the story.  He also jumped from past to present without warning or note and it took a minute to figure out.  An editor would help smooth out these transitions.  The characters also repeated themselves while talking, which also would have been caught by another set of eyes.

Derek also seemed to get all the answers, wherever he went, even if law enforcement failed.  I found the ease in which he figured things out a bit unbelievable, but that’s just me being picky.  You also know who the killer is about 60% into the story, which took some of the suspense away.  There are a couple of twists I didn’t see coming, but otherwise, I found the story just okay.

My Rating: 2.4

Plot: 2.5/5

Characters: 2/5

Dialogue: 1/5

Writing: 2.5/5

Entertainment: 3.5/5

Thrill Factor: 3/5

If you found my review interesting and the story intriguing, you can buy it on Amazon for .99.

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