Title: The Last Straw (Pigeon-Blood Red Book 2)
Author: Ed Duncan
Published on: 25th November 2017
Genre: Mystery and Thrillers
Sandra, a teenager, witnesses a carjacking gone wrong. She decides to testify against the young man who killed the car owner. A last-minute change of places and Sandra’s dad is shot dead- the bullet was supposed to be for Sandra.
Paul Elliot, a lawyer, and family friend decides to help Sandra. With her dad dead and mum incognito, it is uptoPaul and his girlfriend Evelyn, to keep Sandra safe.
Meanwhile, Jean is almost raped by an unknown man. Rico decides to take revenge on the man who attempted to violate her. Howard Forrester has a job for Rico but Rico decides not to take it as he doesn’t kill children or innocent people. D’Angelo, Rico’s rival is chosen to kill Sandra. Rico and D’Angelo seem to have their differences and D’Angelo will do whatever it takes to settle some old scores.
The story starts with Jean almost being raped by a man – apart from this, there are no scenes of such violence in the book. This particular scene is not very descriptive either – I usually do not read books that depict violence of any kind so I thought this is worth a mention.
There are no main characters in the story. One gets to read about the lives of different characters and how in the end, all these stories amalgamate to form one good ending. Rico is a hit man. He seems to have some sort of bonding with Paul Elliot – reason revealed in the second half of the book. When he refuses to kill Sandra, D’Angelo is given the job.
Though Rico is a hit man, there is some good in him. He is protective of Jean and cares about Paul. The reason behind the hostility between D’Angelo and Rico sounded a tad silly but then, some feuds start due to a misunderstanding, don’t they?
Paul and Evelyn’s relationship wasn’t something that I liked a lot. Evelyn is overprotective of Paul. Though they love each other, the reader is given the benefit of doubt – Evelyn wasn’t trusting him enough. I thought the whole story would revolve around keeping Sandra safe but this wasn’t the case. A different kind of story but the author has done a really good job in keeping the suspense up until the very end.
There’s a twist in the second half of the story. With the character build up, and their pasts and stuff, there seems to be a lot of things happening in the second half of the story. Also, there were bits of racism involved, which could have been avoided. There’s a lot of action and suspense in the story, no doubt about it, but the writing wasn’t up to my liking. The dialogues were dull and lacked emotions. I had to read some sentences twice to make sense of it – mostly related to a sudden jump in the scene which left me wondering if I missed something.
Overall, it was an okay read. The pacing was good but with so many characters and their individual stories, I cannot comment much on character development. There were mentions of Evelyn’s husband’s murder and Paul’s wife’s death. Since this is the second book in the series, I am guessing these formed a part of the first book. I wish there were some details mentioned at the beginning of the story so that those who haven’t read the first book would get a gist of what happened previously.
I received this book from Kelsey @ Book Publicity Services in exchange for an unbiased and honest opinion.