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Posted February 27, 2014
True Feel is a mystery novel featuring a quadriplegic reporter in Chicago investigating what turns out to be a series of murders. Marion Rafino does not allow his wheel chair to hinder his investigation or his romantic interest in the main suspect, Credence.
The Kindle book had a decent cover, subtle and professional looking. The formatting of the book was fine, but I did have some problems with the editing. I did not like the first chapter of the book. It was completely confusing and did not really add much to the story. The first page gives a list of eight narrators who are used interchangeably throughout the book. At times it was totally confusing who has talking and if I stopped the book and came back later I would have to retrace my steps to figure out which characters story I was on.
However, the plot itself was strong. After the first chapter, the story really picked up and felt like a real mystery novel. I liked the depth of the characters; even the supporting characters had well developed background and depth.
Overall, I would give True Feel 4 stars. The plot was definitely there, if the author added the narrators name to the beginning of each chapter that would solve much of the confusion I had and make the book much easier to read.
Posted January 21, 2014
This is a book about a paraplegic reporter in Chicago, who investigates a murder. His prime suspect is someone he takes great interest in, an exotic dancer. Marion Rafino travels across many states to meet the young stripper named Credence. While working this murder he must figure out how to put his personal feelings aside and work strictly on the murder at hand.
Each character brought to light in this book has an extensive back story that gives the reader the opportunity to get to know each character on a very detailed level. When writing a mystery, this is key so the reader can feel like they are solving the murder as they read along. They cannot do this without a proper back story from the characters.
The multiple narrators does make it a bit confusing as to who's speaking, and who they are speaking to. I found myself re-reading sections trying to decipher things which stopped the flow of the reading. The biggest confusion was the use of stage names and real names when it came to Credence's stripper friends. They are used interchangeably and without any explanation, which was a speed bump in the flow of reading as well.
Overall I found the book entertaining and exciting with twists and turns throughout the murder investigation. I was very excited to reach the end of the book and figure out who the murderer was. I would rate this book 4/5.
Unfortunately, I did catch quite a few spelling and grammar issues that will need addressed. It absolutely felt like I was reading the first draft of this book. This too hindered the flow of reading. The cover of the book gives me a different sense of what the book might be about, but it's pleasing to the eye, and doesn't hinder me from picking the book up.
Posted December 18, 2013
True Feel by Ted Bernal Guevara is a crime novel staring a reporter, Marion Rafino, who is confined to a wheelchair. While he is investigating a string of murders across several states, he comes across a young stripper, Credence, who seems to be the prime suspect. There is a picture of her at the most recent crime scene, and Marion must balance his love/lust for the girl with his suspicion of her involvement.
Guevara spins an intricate mystery for the reader. Every person involved in this investigation has a rich backstory and connections that are unforeseen. Credence has numerous stripper friends, who all have a story to tell. Moreover, Marion interviews several witnesses, relatives, acquaintances, etc. Guevara definitely does not skimp on the details. In addition to the murder case, the romance between Marion and Credence is an interesting one, with the age-difference, social gap, and physical limitations.
However, the format of the novel makes it hard to appreciate the depth of the storyline. There are so many narrators that the reader may find herself confused and frustrated at times. Every friend of Cadence has a real name and a stage name, and they are sometimes used interchangeably with no explanation. Some chapters, it is obvious who is talking, and in others, it does not become clear until halfway through, and the reader must return to the beginning to understand what is being said.
True Feel is a novel with an interesting concept and an intricate plot idea, but it could have been executed better. The reader may find it difficult to become immersed in the story, as she will be trying to decipher whether it is past or present and who is narrating. This confusion makes it hard to appreciate the “aha!” moment when the perpetrator is finally revealed.