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The Syncopated Heart


Loved it! 😍

What a fabulous story, so full of emotion and a fast moving plot. Excellent.

Well, well, well... What can I say about this story. It was so so good. Our main character, Michael McCann, goes through so much in this story, what with being a involved in a terrorist plot, falling for a married woman who subsequently also ended up being involved in the storyline surrounding terrorism and then to top it off Michael has his own problems facing a very serious illness, which is congestive heart failure and needing a life saving operation.

There was so much going on in this story and I was initially concerned that the narrative was going to consist of too many plots and I would begin to feel overwhelmed with the story. However, the author did an excellent job of balancing the number of plot lines within the story and giving each storyline an appropriate amount of time to develop. I feel like I got to witness the development of each of Michael's problems as the character did, and it felt as though we were united in wondering how he will get through it. I was completely invested and felt as though I was part of the plot.

The story flowed so well against the backdrop of Paris : The City of Lights. Douglas Keeling's writing is so descriptive and its so beautifully written that the city of lights almost becomes a character in its own right and you can't help but find yourself mesmerised by the world and the story that the author has created with his words.

I feel that this story as a whole is atmospheric but the characters remain so realistic. A thoroughly enjoyable story, one that was a pleasure to read

This is a story I would recommend to somebody who really enjoys a plot focused mystery with a truly three dimensional character. I feel as though it can be easy to sacrifice plot to develop a character but the author did an excellent job of finding that perfect balance.

Thank you to Reedsy and the author for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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About the author

Douglas J. Keeling is an attorney who practices in Wichita, Kansas. He has a degree in Journalism from Kansas State University, and a J.D. from Washburn University School of Law. He is also the author of A Case of Innocence (1989, Birch Lane Press) and Family Business (2002, Writer's Club Press). view profile

Published on July 21, 2020

Published by Outskirts Press

60000 words

Contains mild explicit content ⚠️

Genre: Thriller & Suspense

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