Plot: The story is engaging and decently structured, and for the most part everything is tied up satisfactorily at the end. However, the narrative could use some tightening to eliminate unnecessary plot points that slow down the development of the story.
Prose: The prose is straightforward and workmanlike. However, errors in punctuation are often confusing and work to take readers out of the story.
Originality: Although missing persons cases are a staple of the genre, the author manages to tell a story is original and features unique and believable characters.
Character Development: For the most part, the characters—both the major and minor players—are well developed and will seem real to readers. However, Gerald Hodges's character arc could be clearer and better explained.
Date Submitted: August 03, 2017
I thought Gerald Hodges and Earl Mancoat were the perfect one-two punch that made this story. They each played off of one another very well. Also, with a lot of different scenarios going on at the same time, the author made it flow effortlessly throughout. Very suspenseful and intriguing. It was made to appear as if Karonen was folding under all of the pressure of being captured and then, all of a sudden, he was rejuvenated (I am guessing it was all an act!) and came out of the woodwork like the evil person he was. I am waiting for the author's continuance of a new story-line that will take place up in Canada where this story left off! Kudos for some fine writing!!
I've read all of Ollman's books and found them very entertaining. The Devils Kettle stands out as a real page turner. The timeline weaves its way through past and present cohesively lending to the mystery's plot. Very nice character development paints a compelling picture of each of the story's members. A most enjoyable read.