Book: Murder Takes Time
Author: Giacomo Giammatteo
Release date (if applicable): Published
Synopsis: Four young boys develop a friendship in Wilmington, Delaware and swear to be friends forever. What happens when life, death and prison have different paths for them as they grow into manhood? They find they must resolve these issues when choices they make as young men choosing a life of organized crime and all the danger that comes with it including violent death. Can their friendship survive?
My rating: 5 Stars
My opinion: DYNAMIC read by this debut author! This book kicked off on page one with a gritty murder to introduce the reader to the theme of the book and, for the most part, didn't stop until the end! I would put this author's works up against authors such as Mario Puzo any day of the week.
He laid out the story in alternate times in history progressing up to the present with the current organized crime murder spree. This led to a deep tension in the book as to where it was going and how it would cumulate at the end. This tension was not eased by the character development and knowing secrets (that the other characters didn't know) which could have, at the very least, destroyed the friendship and at the most, lead to murder.
Kirkus Reviews nailed it when they called this book "A nuanced debut that upends genre stereotypes and readers' expectations." This is the calibre of book that I refer to when I say that Indie authors can play on the same playground as traditionally published authors any day of the week and those who refuse to read Indie authors are missing out!
Source: Author for review
Would I recommend? : To the right audience. A fair warning, this book has numerous very graphic moments in it that I think the weaker or more sensitive reader would have a very difficult time with.
Stand Alone or Part of a Series: Stand Alone