Karen and PJ—the duo behind Wodke Hawkinson—have hit the sweet spot with Zeke.
This novel is a story of love gone wrong. It tells the tale of Sue, a shrinking violet (as my Mother would have called her) who falls madly in love with Zeke, a charismatic, bright and handsome clerk in her favorite bookstore.
Unlike so many books that I read these days (both indie and trad), the tension starts on page one. You, the reader, know that something is wrong with Zeke but you can’t quite put your finger on it. As the story progresses, the tension builds and you will not be able to put the book down. I found myself still reading at three o’clock one morning.
As a man, when I hear of women in abusive relationships, I usually wonder why they don’t just walk away. The authors do an excellent job in showing the emotions that persuade Sue to continue the relationship, while the reader is screaming at her to get out while she can.
As the novel progresses, you will keep asking yourself, ‘How far will Zeke go before Sue sees the light and runs from him?’ Without giving anything away, I can tell you it’s a long, long way and there is tension on every page as you take the journey with them.
This book gets five stars from me. I recommend it but will warn you that it is not for the faint of heart. The violence gets explicit.
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Guilie · August 9, 2012 at 8:28 am
Excellent review–this sounds right up my alley. I often pass on indie books precisely because of this lack of tension, but it sounds like this one’s got it. Plus the characters sound compelling and complex–I love me a good psych novel 🙂 Thanks!
Robert P. French · August 9, 2012 at 9:53 pm
My pleasure. I am sure you will enjoy it.
Guilie · August 10, 2012 at 5:58 am
Well, I went to read the Amazon sample after my visit to your blog yesterday, got instantly hooked, bought it and finished it at 6pm last night. A-ma-zing read. Really. Thank you so much for the recommendation!
Robert P. French · August 10, 2012 at 6:58 am
I’m glad you enjoyed it too. It definitely draws you in. Check out the other reviews and, if you haven’t already, check out Junkie.
Guilie · August 10, 2012 at 7:12 am
Will definitely do so, Robert. Thanks!
Guilie · August 10, 2012 at 8:45 am
Wow, Robert–just started reading JUNKIE. It’s fantastic! Great job with expressing a junkie’s behavior. I’m already in love with Cal. Great lessons to be learned from your writing about creating a sympathetic yet flawed character. Really–hat’s off to you 🙂
Robert P. French · August 11, 2012 at 8:26 am
Thanks Guilie, I really appreciate that you took the time to give me feedback. Cheers, Robert.
Ann Goodell · August 15, 2012 at 11:42 am
I truly found this book spell-binding. Read it in a day. Couldn’t put it down. Living in Vancouver even made it more real and poignant. Thank you Robert. Now I can’t wait for Oboe and the third in the series. One never expects to read something a friend wrote and find it so professional. I started reading it because I felt I should. I finished reading it feeling I had found another favourite author. All my best wishes for “Oboe”. If the second is not just a repeat of the first, you have me as a reader.