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Shvoong Home>Books>Mystery & Thrillers>The Devil's Garden Review

The Devil's Garden

Book Review   by:Dades     Original Author: Richard Montanari
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By Benhilda Chanetsa

The book cover said a madman would be on the loose – terrorising a respectable New York family. The first chapter explained why. The initial setting was Estonia, the year 2005. There twin girls were born, under violent circumstances, to a 15 year-old soothsayer – and then whisked off to the United States. Their enraged father, Aleks vowed to get them back. A good old-fashioned story of hunter and hunted, I thought, but I wondered if there would be unique twists to make the story worthwhile. There were.

As the setting moved to New York, I met Michael – the hunted – his wife Abby, and their twin daughters. Initially, I was a little exasperated at the constant play on this seemingly perfect American family and their collective good looks. But later, thankfully, other factors were revealed that would prove to be significant to the development of the plot such as Abby’s obsession with exercise, Michael’s own Estonian background, his amazing aptitude for cooking and baking and the children’s soothsaying ability, inherited from their real mother.

The frightening power of the Internet was revealed as Aleks used it to plan and execute his trail of revenge on arrival in New York. And once the action started, it was fast-paced with background information unobtrusive. I had difficulty putting the book down. Although there was a hint of the supernatural, given both men’s belief in their own and each other’s immortality and the children’s gift of insight, it never took over. Actions were logical. Characters survived by their wits, including the women – Abby and the police detective, Desiree. The latter operated by what she saw as her “power of logic”.

After the climax, I wondered how the author would end the story and whether all loose ends would be tied up. This was partly achieved. The ending was adequate but the issue of illegal adoption was left hanging.

An enjoyable read on the whole. Rating: 7/10.

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Published: September 20, 2012   
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