When bodies begin to appear, detective Sasha Frank is on the case. Deliberate Duplicity follows Sasha’s attempts to track down the culprit—a calculating, methodical killer who glues open his victims’ eyes and poses them along a park trail.
My biggest take away from this book is the repetition. I felt as if I was reading the same thing over and over again. There was too much of the little stuff (crime scene detail, for example) and not enough depth for the bigger stuff (further explanation of why this all transpired). There were gaping holes where I wanted more details. While I found the plot interesting, at the end when the reader has the answers, I knew who but do not feel I got an answer to the why. Who is Fred and why the killing? I discovered who Fred was but …
The book’s first focus is not on the main character, which I thought was odd. Nor did the book begin with a murder scene, which seems to be the norm among books in this genre. It’s more than thirty pages before Sasha makes an appearance. However, the choice to not introduce Sasha in the beginning made a bit more sense after I finished the book.
This is not bad for a debut novel, but I hope Rohfling will polish those writing skills with his next book. Will I read that next book? Probably. This one was interesting and kept me engaged until the end, but it needed editing in my opinion.
I was provided a copy of Deliberate Duplicity in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own.
Rating: 3 stars
Title: Deliberate Duplicity
Author: David Rohlfing
Release Date: January 5, 2021
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