Mar 16, 10
Read in March, 2010
Ellie Foreman is an engaging protagonist in Libby Fischer Hellman's book book Image of Death. She is old enough to have some life experiences and smarts, but young enough to still be adventurous and ready to try new things. As a videographer, she has access to people and events that most people don't have. This plot device is handy to carry forward the action of the novel and bring it all together at the end. At times, though, this plot device may be a little too handy in that the coincidences seem a little contrived.
Even so, Hellman does well in developing her characters, especially the Eastern Europeans left adrift after the break-up of the USSR. She also has a good sense of place for the settings of this book. The book was a good, fast read with a satisfying mystery at its heart.