Apart from the challenges I mentioned bellow, this book is also a challenge from my lovely student, Wulan. She gave me this book as my birthday present. She bought it based on cover alone and challenged me to finish it. I guess, we can say that I won in this challenge because I finished it last week. This review is a bit late.
The Story: Alice Glendenning had become a widow from 8 years, his husband, Eddie, died in a boat accident. She lived with her 2 children. She was having hard time to support her live and the insurance hadn’t come out yet. One day, she faced more problems than just money to go on living. She received a phone call saying that a woman has her children and wanted a $ 250.000 ransom. She was told not to call the police, but her housemaid, Rossy, thought that she was making a big mistake and called the police (Rossy even called FBI and Newspaper when she thought that the police had done nothing to help Alice ).
Because of Rossy’s calls, both police and FBI sent their man to help Alice and captured the kidnapper. The story grew from here. More and more people got involved in the case. Can Alice got hr children back? Who was the kidnapper?
Honestly, I can figure out the perpetrator before the book reached half of its total pages. It was a very simple crime that involves people around Alice. It has some suspects but the perpetrator is so clear. There are some parts that I don’t like and tend to skim the book during that part. The one that got me so bored and skim the book is when the brother in law was having an affair with the woman that ran over Alice…it was so not important and has nothing to do with the case at all.
I’m not going to say that this is a great book, but it isn’t a bad book either. I managed to finish it without having difficulty, meaning that I didn’t stop reading it in the middle of the story and threw it away for another book. However, I can only give this book 2 out of 5 stars, which means that it was okay.
About The Author
In 1998, Ed McBain was the first American to receive the Diamond Dagger, the Brittish Crime Writers Association’s highest award. He also hold the Mystery Writers of America’s prestigious Grand Master Award. His real name is Evan Hunter. He has enjoyed a writing career that has spanned five decades, in 1954, to the screenplay for Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds, to Candyland, written in tandem with his alter ego, Ed McBain, to The Moment She Was Gone, published in 2002