Fickle by Peter Manus



I couldn’t find any decent quotes in this and wasn’t sure how to shorten the synopsis of this novel into a few sentences, so here’s part of the official blurb: On a winter night in Boston, a man falls to his death in front of a subway train. The sole witness, a shaken young woman, explains to the police how the man shoved her aside as he made his way to the tracks. But when her blog turns up on the dead man’s computer, the cops begin to look for other connections. 

Like most other reviewers, I’m digging the way this was laid out. It’s set up as if we’re reading a blog, we get the post and then we get the comments too. It’s fun and informal. My only issue with the blogging aspect of this is that the characters type like idiots and occasionally use abbreviations I don’t understand.

There are a number of characters in this novel when you include all the blog family. Our main characters are Fickel, Mysterious Hottie and Burly Bear and I didn’t particularly like any of them. Fickel was too obnoxious and irritating to be likeable and Mysterious Hottie was so ridiculously cliche a character, he was difficult to take seriously. Burly Bear was at least down to earth, but even that got on my nerves at times.

In terms of the plot, this was well thought out and very complex. One minute you’re thinking one thing and the next minute you’re slapped with a whole new idea you hadn’t even considered before. While it’s good that the author has so many ideas and can come up with so many new and exciting plot twists, it also makes the novel a bit hard to follow. I quite often found myself getting confused with what was going on and with who. The ending was, overall, disappointing. It left too many loose ends for me to be satisfied and it also didn’t quite make sense in my head. By the time everything was “concluded”, I wasn’t actually sure what had happened.

Buy it here!

Thanks to Netgalley and Diversion Books for giving me the opportunity to read this in exchange for an honest review.

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