Review of Local Poet: Suspense by Paul Trembling

Local Poet is written by a new to me author- Paul Trembling. It appears to be the first in a series. I recently had the opportunity to read and review it.

Review of Local Poet by Paul Trembling

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About the Book

Rob Seaton is on his way home from his delivery job in a large delivery van when a woman steps in front of his car from out of nowhere. As he begins to learn more about the woman in his attempt to find out why she might have done this, he learns that she’s Laney Grey, a famous local poet.
As Rob studies Laney’s life and reads her poems, he begins to find himself in the middle of a dangerous situation. As he understands Laney better, he comes to realize why she did what she did, and he seeks to solve the mystery of the crime surrounding Laney’s life.

My Thoughts

I like this book, but it was short, really short. The main character was likable and well-developed. The story is told in first person from Rob’s point of view, which works well. Readers get to know him well. I would have liked to know the secondary characters a little better, but there didn’t seem to be time to fully develop them.
The story was interesting, and it kept me in suspense and wanting to keep reading. In fact, because the book is really short, it could probably be read in one sitting, although with my time limits, I took two or three. 
The main problem I had was that things seemed to happen abruptly without much build-up. For example, Rob went from a man who had never read poetry to being able to understand and interpret Laney’s poetry almost overnight. There were other abrupt things that happened as well. I think that these things could have been developed more and would have seemed less abrupt if the book had been a little longer.
All in all, because the story was so interesting, I give this one four stars and a PG rating for content. You can find the book on Amazon here and on Kregel here. You can also read a Kindle excerpt of the book below.

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