Hellooooo there! Isn’t it just a glorious day today? You are in for a treat today, there’s a book review of The Trust written by yours truly and following this I get to interview the fab Sean Keefer (author) too!
Book Review: The Trust
Being my very first book review I thought I’d honour it by reviewing a novel which I happened to stumble across through Twitter* (another first for me at the time; so I thought I’d combine the two first experiences here and share it with you). The book in question is The Trust; a pleasant surprise and the author is Sean Keefer; a rather friendly, engaging author-type-lawyer person.
It’s not very often I read a book within two days -Water for Elephants is just one of those exceptions. Sara Gruen certainly has the gift of alluring and gripping story-telling -I thoroughly enjoyed this!
Some may argue that not all of the characters are well developed and are in fact bordering on being flat; they may also say the storyline and plots are not imaginative… In some (tiny) parts I agree however; there are elements that needs to be considered; the story is told in first person through Jacob’ POV -there is only so much Jacob can show through his eyes where it relates to other characters in the story, the characters he spends more time with will naturally be stronger opposed to the others -well that’s my opinion. When it comes to the plot; I have no qualms, most story plots are recycled anyway therefore, I would not criticize an excellent book just in order to find a niggly bit to complain about! The important thing to remember is that; whether the plot is re-used or not, it’s how the plot is told and applied to the mechanics of the novel. That, in essence is, the crucial point in my eyes.
What I truly love about this story is the way in which Gruen has written it. The construction of it is fantastic! All the parts work so well that you actually find yourself being swept into the craft of the storyteller. Jacob’s journey through his younger and older self is a pure delight; both dealt with a masterly pen and the humour apparent just makes it that much better. Gruen has certainly nailed all the right elements for this novel and her research seems impeccable in both the circus history as well as the environment and attitude that comes with old age (working with older people allows me to endorse this end no doubt). The continual plots, the developing characters, the historical events and the love story fluidly intertwines within the rich backdrop of the circus and gives a true sense of an era that hard times were prevalent -not to mention the wit and ingenious that is introduced with the older character of Jacob and his surroundings.
I do not want to give too much away; this is a must read; I definitely will be reading this again and again and again -I kid you not! I cannot praise it enough; it’s definitely in my top 10 reads of all time! If you have not read Water for Elephants –you must do so now; do not miss out on this delightful and gripping tale.
Being my very first book review I thought I’d honour it by reviewing a novel which I happened to stumble across through Twitter* (another first for me; so I thought I’d combine the two first experiences here and share it with you). The book in question is The Trust; a pleasant surprise and the author is Sean Keefer; a rather friendly, engaging author-type-lawyer person.
The setting of the story takes place in Charleston, South Carolina; over the pond in the USA. Our protagonist/hero is Noah Parks; a small town lawyer, who finds himself mysteriously caught up in an Estate Probate (legal terms usually go beyond my remit and occasionally over my head however; the storytelling is so light and compelling you actually find that you have absorbed all the information without any struggle). Noah also finds out that he is in the Will of the man of the Estate (Cross) whom he did not know -that is until Thomason introduces himself and Cross to Noah and with that comes a trail of intrigue, suspense, mysterious deaths, a love triangle-of-sorts and unsolved clues. Add to that a lawyer who has a soft spot for finding out the truth despite the implications; but is he disillusioned? Will Noah be able to solve the mystery of the safety deposit box he has been appointed to via Cross’ Will, before it slips through his fingers as the events tangle and weave themselves in a rate which make you wonder ‘what is happening’?!