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Laura Jenski
Falling Plaster
Laura Jenski, author
Some murders are best left buried. Monica Klimek doesn’t believe her mother’s car crash was an accident. Or suicide. Her brother would think so, too, if only she could find him. He left an indelible bruise on her heart when he walked out of her life twenty-seven years earlier. An old friend of Monica’s, now a Chicago cop, offers to help find her brother and investigate the circumstances surrounding her mother’s death. In exchange, she applies her computer expertise to his clandestine police corruption probe. When Monica uncovers evidence pointing to the identity of a cold case serial murderer, she puts her life at risk and jeopardizes the safety of those around her.
Plot/Idea: 9 out of 10
Originality: 9 out of 10
Prose: 8 out of 10
Character/Execution: 9 out of 10
Overall: 8.75 out of 10


Plot: Jenski’s novel is fast-paced and well plotted. Readers will enjoy following the heroine as she works to unravel several mysteries, all seemingly connected to her family.

Prose/Style: Jenski’s prose is clear, direct, and easily places the reader in the vivid setting of 1980’s Chicago. Each character has a distinct voice that serves the story effectively.

Originality: Jenski seamlessly weaves several mysteries together in Falling Plaster. The unsolved murders of young girls, police corruption, ruthless bullying, and insidious local gossip are woven together to give readers an interesting and original story.

Character Development: The characters of Falling Plaster are distinct, memorable, and convincing. Readers will root for the novel’s protagonist, Monica, as she grieves the sudden loss of her mother and works to unravel several mysterious deaths, all connected to her family. A well-rounded cast of secondary characters serve the story.

Date Submitted: June 01, 2020