Expired Listings: Revenge Begins at Home by D.M. Barr
5 stars out of 5
Mr. Barr’s novel surpassed my expectations. He succeeded not only in creating a thrilling story and compelling characters but he built a credible plot and quite realistic people.
The story is full of suspense and twists and digs into the ugly world of the realtors in Rock Canyon, world marred by unethical professional behavior and associated to the environment of piranhas or worse in the book. The author stretches the borders of credibility here and there but that adds a little more spice to the story. He seems to have a good understanding of human psychology and that helps him in setting the action and following up on the characters’ actions.
Mr. Barr builds up an interesting and convoluted story that has Dana Black at heart. Dana Black is a realtor in Rock Canyon and her personality is revealed with each layer of her past and each auction of the present. Thus, the author creates a very well rounded character and shows the action from this character’s point of view most of the time. There are only a few instances when the point of view switches to the killer and I am pretty sure that Mr. Barr uses that method to create tension and suspense.
I oscillated between 4.5 stars and 5 but, in the end, I realized it was only my subjectivity that made me subtract half a star. Indeed, the secondary characters are not very well developed but actually they are developed enough to help the story going on and to bring more and more mystery into the play. I also thought that the writer used too many details in describing the kinky sex scenes. I understand that the respective scenes were necessary in creating a believable character however I still think that the reader didn’t need to know so much about the BDSM scene in order to understand Dana’s personality but of course that’s just my opinion.
Nevertheless, I consider that this is a very good, fast-paced and well-written novel. It held my interest up to the end and it didn’t disappoint at all. I recommend it to the readers that enjoy a good and compelling thriller.
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