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Able Hands


Not for me 😔

A thriller with a supernatural element that did not live up to its potential

Able Hands is conceptualized around an excellent idea--a story about a surreal connection between man and wife meant to protect the woman from an evil entity that is bent upon taking her life. However, the execution and poor writing have let this book down.

The end is a heartbreaking one, but the twist did not have the intended impact because I was exhausted by that time trying to make sense of the shifting timelines and the constant flashbacks. I had to push myself to complete the novel for the purpose of this review.

The dialogues seemed contrived and awkward. The free-flowing nature of conversation was missing.

Jacob O' Connell has debilitating headaches triggered by unknown triggers whenever he tries to remember certain events that have happened in the past. Halfway through the novel, it is clear to everyone but Jacob that he has an unusual gift. Yet nobody wants to tell him about it, even when he has become an adult and has a family, and it was unclear to me what they were so afraid of.

The story progresses through so many timeline shifts that I had trouble keeping up. The events went back and forth, back and forth in a very confusing manner. The author makes the reader work really hard to keep the facts straight. Perhaps he was trying to keep things mysterious.

Jacob and his wife are in the construction business and this aspect of the story is well-described. You can see that the author knows his stuff or has done his research properly. It added a realistic appeal to the novel and I enjoyed these passages.

I think the plot is good and has great potential. But the novel in its current form did not work for me. I feel it needs more editing to make the writing taut, the tension more palpable. The timeline shifts and flashbacks also need to be written better to give the reader more clarity.

I really wanted to enjoy this novel but unfortunately, it was not my cup of tea.

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About the author

I was born and raised in Canada, a country I've travelled many times from coast to coast. This has provided much of my inspiration for writing. After 30 years working in construction, time, at last, allowed me to create this story. It's my first foray into fictional writing. It’s only the beginning. view profile

Published on January 20, 2020

Published by Iguana Books

90000 words

Contains mild explicit content ⚠️

Genre: Thriller & Suspense

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