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The Master of Seacliff by Max Pierce
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Nov 04, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: lgbt-interests, fiction, own
Recommended for: anyone who likes a little m/m romance, suspense, and shady characters with an agenda.
Read in November, 2008 , read count: 1

The story starts with solid description of the time and place. It is told in first person, and by the time our main character, Andrew, arrives to Seacliff, it is clear he is “retelling” this story in some future place. When the story goes on, it is easy to forget that, though.

Shady characters, suspense, odd comments, and secrets keep piling up along the way. Theories, accusations, and possibilities keep throwing Andrew’s – and the readers’ – thoughts from one side to another. After all, what simply seems like an old murder in Seacliff is in the end much more than that. The good thing is that while reading, you can’t guess how much more, exactly.

The characters are well drawn. Especially Andrew, Duncan Stewart, and Leo Van Horne; theirs is a strange triangle of suppressed emotions, needs, wants, fears, idealism, and hopes. While one might think differently, every each person portrayed in this book is holding one or more secrets. Andrew, as the narrator, is like a leaf thrown into the wind, trying to follow one clue to the other without tumbling over a corpse or two on the way – some solid, some figurative.

The final ten or so pages of the book are a closure to everything. They were an exhilarating read, finalizing a great reading experience. Instead of going straight into things, they were slowly built up into a breaking point. While the final revelation is not a surprise, there were too many possibilities to choose from to be absolutely certain of anything.

A well-written piece with a genuine sound to it, with a little romance thrown to the side.
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