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Never Saw the Ending Coming
How well do any of us know the people we love? Our husbands, our wives, our parents? This is the provocative question that shapes the plot of "Diamonds for the Dead", the first-but hopefully not the last-novel penned by Alan Orloff.
Josh Handleman returns to his boyhood home to sit shiva for the father he has been estranged from for most of his adult life. Josh brings his failures with him-a troubled marriage and a failing business. When he arrives home, he gets the shock of his life: his frugal dad was a diamond collector worth millions-which now are missing. Plus he was a financial "angel" to many people in the community, including several of Josh's high school friends. To say nothing of providing a home for an old, Russian Jew, who may, or may not, be a member of the family.
Troubling questions about the circumstances about his father's death-and life-lead Josh on a twisted path to find out the truth. And, in the process, find out important things about himself. A good read, with an ending I never saw coming.
Reviewed by: Susan Santangelo, author of "Retirement can be Murder" for Suspense Magazine
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This is a great first book for the author. Character development was very good, it is a can't put down mystery. The ending had a nice twist that surprised a bit and left a satisfied feeling.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.