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The Poser

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Loved it! 😍

The Poser is a modern whondunit with a Hollywood twist that will leave you guessing right until the end.

The Poser was an intriguing read right from the synopsis. I loved the duel points of view between the tough cop and the mysterious killer. David Temple's writing from the killers point of view literally gave me the creeps, it was so thought out and detailed in just the right ways that it gave you everything you would expect from a killer. I was also really surprised by the deep dive into Hollywood behind closed doors that Temple creates. I wasn't expecting a kinky behind closed doors sex ring to be the forefront of Norelli's investigation, but it did add a sort of unexpected twist to the plot.


I did have some issues with Norelli's character. I almost hated how stereotypical her character was. She tried too hard, she was the brow beating tough guy all the time, and her fascination with 80s rock and muscle cars made her almost too much. It wasn't until you get further into the book that you start to see there is more going on with her character than what meets the eye, but you never really get the full story.


I also felt like there were too many story arcs taking place at one time. Some of them almost took away importance from other story arcs and some of them had potential for something more but were cut short or left unfinished. Some of the smaller, off shoot story arcs seemed to come out of left field, and there would be random chapters devoted to characters points of view that really didn't make sense or fit in with the main story arc. Sometimes the result was a clue into the actual storyline, other times it seemed to have only the purpose of adding depth, but in a strange, and often times unnecessary way. The competing storylines made parts of the book choppy and confusing.


Overall, I was impressed with this story. I loved the dynamic between Norelli and her partner, and the story itself kept me guessing. There were several times when I thought I had figured the case out only to be surprised with another plot twist. And the ending, all I can say was I was incredibly shocked and surprised. It was a quick read, and a page turner, which prompted me to give it 4 stars. I can't wait to see what Temple comes up with next.

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David has enjoyed a prolific career as Morning Radio host in New York, LA, Chicago, Detroit & Charlotte, and as an international VoiceOver artist. He's worked as an actor in front of the camera and a director behind the camera for both TV & Film. Now in his "third chapter," David writes thrillers. view profile

Published on February 18, 2021

90000 words

Contains mild explicit content ⚠️

Genre: Mystery & Crime

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