Friday, August 3, 2012

Book Review: Murder Takes Time by Giacomo Giammatteo

Most of you guys know that I am trying to get back into reading like I used to before the boys were born. It is my plan that after Tater goes back to school, (NEXT WEDNESDAY-Hallelujah!) I will have more free time. But in the meantime, I have been checking out a few books here and there, and I wanted to share this one with you guys! 

Murder Takes Time by Giacomo Giammatteo is really an interesting read. The book focuses on detective Frankie Donovan, who is investigating a string of murders in Brooklyn. When the clues begin to point to childhood friends with whom his emotional bond is unbreakable, the lines between right and wrong begin to blur, and he has to struggle to decide what actions to take. 

What I really liked about the book, is that it wasn't focused on "just murder". It wasn't just a crime drama book. It had a lot of emotional and relationship issues, which is always interesting to read, and even a little bit of love. It really is a book for everyone, which is so rare to find anymore! Most books are stuck in one genre and that is it. But not this one!

The characters in this book are really well developed, and you do really feel as if you are getting to know them.The relationships do seem realistic, and you really do feel for the characters, even the "bad guys". It really is interesting to see the choices that people have to make when faced with a decision that might not be so clear cut. There is not a influx of a million different characters like most crime books, so you can actually keep track of who is who, which I like. The points of view do change back and forth a bit, so you have to keep up with the changes. 

I am really looking forward to the next book in this series, and I will definitely be reading more! I totally recommend that you check this book out!

 From the author:

I live in Texas now, but I grew up in Cleland Heights, a mixed ethnic neighborhood in Wilmington, Delaware that sat on the fringes of the Italian, Irish and Polish neighborhoods. The main characters of Murder Takes Time grew up in Cleland Heights and many of the scenes in the book were taken from real-life experiences.
Somehow I survived the transition to adulthood, but when my kids were young I left the Northeast and settled in Texas, where my wife suggested we get a few animals. I should have known better; we now have a full-blown animal sanctuary with rescues from all over. At last count we had 41 animals—12 dogs, a horse, a three-legged cat and 26 pigs. Oh, and one crazy—and very large—wild boar, who takes walks with me every day and happens to also be my best buddy.
Since this is a bio some of you might wonder what I do. By day I am a headhunter, scouring the country for top talent to fill jobs in the biotech and medical device industry. In the evening I help my wife tend the animals, and at night—late at night—I turn into a writer.
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